Live in Australia

Australia has its own ambience, with its multi-cultural environment, and living in Australia will be just another experience, however there are also services available to support you at your institution and from different associations to help make acclimating to life in Australia simpler.

It is very important to make proper arrangements, regardless of the type of study you have decided to undergo, you are here for a few months or years, some significant aspects to know about and make an appropriate arrangement will be helpful and good for your study experience. Important considerations and planning includes:

  • Planning your departure.
  • Arriving in Australia.
  • Support services for students.
  • Visa compliant.
  • Work while you study.
  • Minimum cost of Living.
  • Health and safety.

After the admission and confirmation of your student visa, you will have to start preparing and planning for your arrangements in Australia after your arrival.

Here is a checklist of some basic things to help you plan your departure:

  • Passport and Visa
  • Student Enrolment and Orientation Documents
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfares
  • Contact Details of your first point of contact in Australia
  • Australian Currency
  • Transport from The Airport
  • Accommodation Details

When you touch base at an Australian airport, you will initially need to experience migration and custom clearance. If you need any help discovering your way around, simply ask the aircraft staff or one from the border authorities personal in the arrival area. Your travel documents and visa, will be checked by the clearance officer and once cleared, you can then collect your luggage and go through customs clearance processes.

Orientation Week: There is an orientation day at some institutions (also known as ‘O Week’) for new students. At the beginning of the study session institutions held an orientation for students to help them understand about your institution, and basics that an international student are required to know, they give take tours of facilities, and it is also an opportunity to meet people who will also be studying at your institution. The dates of orientation day and its details are easily available at the institutions website in the yearly academic calendar section.

It is important and bifacial for student to attend an ‘O Week’ to learn how to get the most out of your institution and study experience.

Seeking help: You can always contact your institution; every institution has its international support staff. Your enrolment documents and orientation details provide this information.

Australian education institution and other do offer various student support services for international students, including consumer protection services.  These are provided by the institution and the range of state, territory and federal government departments.

Consumer Protection: Consumer protection framework in Australia is very strong to protect the rights of Australian consumers, including international students in Australia. The Australian Consumer Law provides guarantee to consumer rights when buying goods and services. Based on your state or territory you can also contact relevant government trade and consumer agencies, if you:

  • Would like information about your consumer rights.
  • Have any issues with a consumer good or service that you have acquired or purchased.
  • Would like to know about the laws related to conducting any business.
  • Would like to make a complaint about a business.

Once the visa is granted, it is mandatory to maintain the requirement that are imposed on to the visa to it valid, including:

  • You must remain enrolled and maintain satisfactory course progress and attendance.
  • If you wish to change your qualification level, you will need to apply for a new student visa.
  • Provide your Australian address to your institution so they can contact you, and let them know if you change address.
  • You must continue to be able to support yourself financially while you’re in Australia.
  • Do not breach the working conditions applicable to your visa.

International students can help complement their study and living experience by working part time. Whereas, there are number of reasons why you might work part time while studying in Australia, along with the reason that it assists with living expenses and acquiring work experience in your relative field of study.

Student Visa do allow you to work for 40 hours fortnightly, during an ongoing study session, and full time during any scheduled course break, but before you perform any paid work, you must ensure that your visa permits you to work.

Paid work: Australia has a wide range of industries and many have part time employment opportunities, including:

  • Retail – supermarkets, department and clothing stores.
  • Hospitality – cafes, bars and restaurants.
  • Tourism – hotels and motels.
  • Agricultural – farming and fruit-picking.
  • Sales and telemarketing.
  • Administration or Clerical roles.
  • Tutoring.

If you have existing qualifications and/or professional work experience, you may be able to secure casual or part time work in your field.

Your rights: In Australia, everyone who has a working right, including international students, have basic rights at work. These rights protect entitlement to:

  • A minimum wage.
  • Challenge of unfair dismissal from the job
  • Breaks and rest periods.

A healthy and safe work environment.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016, the minimum 12 month living cost is:

  • You – $19,830
  • Partner or spouse – $6,940
  • Child – $2,970

Australia is known for its health and safety laws and it generally is a very safe place to live and study. However, it is still important to know about the risk that exists and ways to minimise it and look after yourself.  It is very important when you newly arrive in Australia and adjusting to the new environment.

Make nest use of the common sense and best practices, and it will ensure that you are safe and healthy.