To study in Australia as an international student you must have a valid Australian Student Visa. Student visas are subject to strict conditions. Failure to comply with visa conditions may result in the cancellation of your visa. Cancellation of your student visa will require you to leave Australia immediately.
It is your responsibility to read and understand the conditions of your visa. For a list of explanations of your visa conditions, please refer to the information booklet under your visa subclass in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (www.diac.gov.au) website or contact your nearest Australian Diplomatic Mission.
WORKING WHILST STUDING
CONDITIONS FOR WORKING WHILE STUDYING
If you are given permission to work, there are restrictions on the number of hours you can work.
The information below outlines the work entitlements for you and your dependant family members if you are granted permission to work.
TYPE OF APPLICANT WORK ENTITLEMENT
Students granted permission to work:
- You can work a maximum of 20 hours per week during the term and unlimited hours when your course is not in session.
- Notes: Work that is a formal registered part of your course is not included in the limit of 20 hours per week. If you are doing voluntary or unpaid work you must apply for permission to work. It is included in the limit of 20 hours per week.
- Dependant family members granted permission to work:
- You can work a maximum of 20 hours per week throughout the year.
Important: You must also comply with the State and Territory laws of Australia. Under all State and Territory laws, you cannot work during school hours if you are under the school leaving age, which in most states is 15 years of age.
WHEN IS YOUR SESSION?
The department considers your course to be ‘in session’:
- for the duration of the advertised semesters (including periods when exams are being held)
- if your Confirmation of Enrolment is still in effect
- if you are undertaking another course, during a break from your main course and the points will be credited to your main course.
This information was taken from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship – www.immi.gov.au
To open a bank account you will need your passport and other forms of identification such as birth certificate or international drivers licence.
Always make sure you understand the conditions of any bank account you open. Banks in Australia provide savings and cheque accounts, plus a wide range of other financial services such as; personal loans, bank drafts and transfer of funds.
TAX FILE NUMBERS (TFNS) – WHAT ARE THEY?
An individual Tax File Number (TFN) is issued to each tax payer in Australia. You need a student work visa before you apply for your TFN if you intend to work in Australia.
Tax file numbers are issued by the Tax Office. We use your number to identify your tax records.
Everyone has a different tax file number. Your tax file number is yours for life, even if you change jobs, move interstate or change your name. If you leave the country and later come back to Australia, you still use the same tax file number.
When you make enquiries about your tax records, we will ask you for your tax file number; we will also ask for other information to check that you are who you say you are.
Your tax file number is valuable. Do not share it with friends and do not provide it over the internet when applying for jobs.
WHY DO YOU NEED A TAX FILE NUMBER?
It is not compulsory to have a tax file number. However, without a tax file number:
- your employer must take 46.5% of your wages in tax
- institutions are required to tax your interest at 46.5%
- is more difficult for us to look up your records and discuss them with you.
WHO CAN ASK YOU FOR YOUR TAX FILE NUMBER?
Only certain people and organisations can ask for your tax file number, the most common being:
- Tax Office
- your bank or other financial institution
You do not have to give your tax file number when asked but there may be consequences if you do not.
IF YOU ARE ASKED FOR YOUR TAX FILE NUMBER YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE TOLD:
- legal basis the organisation has for asking for it.
- you are not committing an offence if you do not provide it.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DO NOT PROVIDE IT?
Your Bank in Australia will ask for you TFN when you apply to open an account. If you do not have a TFN when you open an account you can register your TFN with the bank when you receive it.
To apply for a TFN, you will need to complete an application for which is available from the Post office or at the nearest Australian Taxation Office (ATO). To apply for a TFN you will need identification such as your passport, as well as a bank statement,drivers licence or credit card.
For more information go to www.ato.gov.au
Money can be sent from your home country to Australia by bank drafts, cheques or telegraphic transfers. Credit cards are also a convenient way of transferring funds. Check on the interest rates that will be charged. Bank drafts or cheques from overseas take a few days to arrive and can take up to 10 working days to clear through an Australian bank. Telegraphic transfers usually take only a few days, but cost more than other methods.
Student orientation day is conducted for all new students at the beginning of each semester. It is essential for all new students to attend this session to understand the Advanced Education Australia academic systems, rules and regulations and familiarise themselves with the facilities. Students must bring with them; valid passport and current residential address.
Typically the orientation day includes:
- Introduction to College facilities and the study environment
- Introduction to trainers and administration team
- Highlighting the information contained in the student handbook
- Introduction to course structure, academic calendar and timetable issues.
- Information about academic and attendance requirements governed by the department of immigration and student visa regulations.
At the end of the orientation day students will receive all student kits and resource manuals. Students will then be asked to sign a Student Orientation and Compliance Declaration form that acknowledges that they understand and agree to comply with student visa conditions and aware of their rights and obligations as students of the Advanced Education Australia.
POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
As part of the induction process students will be introduced to the Policies and Procedures listed below. Copies of these will be available in the Advanced Education Australia International Course Guide and/or International Student enrollment form. Copies of these will also be available on request. These documents include but are not limited to:
- Marketing Policy
- Course Credit Policy
- Language Proficiency Policy
- Refund Policy
- Critical Incident Policy
- Transfer Between Registered Providers Policy/Procedure
- Complaints and Appeals Policy/Procedure
- Academic Appeals Policy
- Study Completion Policy/Procedure
- Course Progress Policy
- Attendance Policy
Policies and procedures regarding International students can be found in the International students Handbook
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