Australia

Australian States & Capitals

Australia is divided into six States and two Territories.

SN STATES CAPITAL
1 Western Australia Perth
2 South Australia Adelaide
3 Queensland Brisbane
4 New South Wales Sydney
5 Victoria Melbourne
6 Tasmania Hobart
7 Northern Territory Darwin
8 Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Canberra

 

About Australian States & Capitals

Western Australia

  • Western Australia is the largest state .
  • The state’s wealth also includes iron, nickel, wheat and wool, which is mostly exported from the port of Fremantle.

Victoria

  • Victoria is the smallest state on Australia’s mainland. Victoria contains more than a
    quarter of Australia’s total population – approximately 5 million
  • This state is famous for the goldfields of Central Victoria.

Tasmania

  •  This state is known for its unique wildlife, wilderness and unspoiled beauty.

South Australia

  •  Driest state in Australia

Queensland

  •  Takes about one fifth of the area of Australia.
  •  The Gold Coast – a major holiday destination for national and international tourists.
  •  Famous for the Barossa Valley, a major wine producing area of Adelaide.

Northern Territory (NT)

  •  Known for its central desert called the ‘Red Centre’.
  • This state is famous for cattle industry, mineral wealth and tourism.

New South Wales (NSW)

  •  Oldest and most populous state in Australia.
  •  Renowned for its sheep and beef industry.

Australian Capital Territory

  • Canberra (Australia’s capital city) is only a three-hour drive or a 45-minute flight
    south-west of Sydney.
  • Famous for Parliament House and Australian War memorial

 

Why Study in Australia?

  • Large land area, sixth largest country in the world and has the lowest population density per square kilometer.
  • High visa success rate under SSVP for quality profiles.
  • Safe learning environment.
  • Multicultural society.
  • Relatively warm climate.
  • Standard of living & cost is viable.
  • Part time job opportunities are available.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, PTE & CAE scores are acceptable.
  • ELICOS (Pre-sessional English) programs are available.
  • World class qualification.
  • Can work 40 hours per fortnight when the course is in session
    and 40 hrs/week during scheduled course breaks.
  • Chances of getting Permanent Residence by gathering 60 points.
  • Introduction of Streamlined Visa Process (SVP) making Visa process and documentation simpler resulting in visa
    success rate
  • Post Study Work Visa of 2 years for the students
    who complete at least 2 academic years of degree
    (Masters or Bachelors) in Australia.
  • If students study in Regional areas in Australia they get
    5 extra points which support in achieving 60 points for PR.

Types of Educational Institutions:

Colleges:

  • Public Colleges i.e. (TAFE’s)
  • Private Colleges.

Offering

  • English language courses,
  • Vocational (work-training) courses,
  • University pathway programs and few Bachelors degrees.

Universities:

  • Offering majorly Master’s & Bachelor’s degrees.

 Universities in Australia

  • There are 42 Australian Universities, of which 2 are private: Bond & Notre Dame.
  • The Higher education sector consists mainly of Universities.
  • Australia’s top 8 universities form a group of 8 i.e., G8.
  • Almost all universities come under SSVP.
  • 7 Australian Universities come in top 100 universities worldwide and 21 Australian Universities come in top 400 as per the QS World University Ranking 2015 – 16.

Key requirements for the Student visa (subclass 500):

 Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement:

The GTE requirement applies to all student visa applicants and considers whether the individual circumstances of the student indicate that their intention is for a temporary stay in Australia.

A genuineness assessment is made by taking into account a number of personal factors relating to the student, such as their immigration history, circumstances that might encourage the student to return to their home country and conditions that might encourage them to remain in Australia.

 

Enrolment in a registered course of study:

International students must generally be enrolled in a registered course of study and provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) when they lodge their student visa application.

Exceptions to this requirement apply to Foreign Affairs and Defence sponsored students (Letter of Support from Foreign Affairs and Defence); secondary exchange students (an Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students form); and postgraduate research students required to remain in Australia for marking of their thesis.

 

Financial capacity and English language proficiency:

All international students are required to have sufficient funds to cover their course fees and living costs in Australia. While student visa holders are able to work a specified number of hours in Australia, they should not rely on working to cover their course fees and living costs. As part of the visa application process, we might require students to provide evidence of their financial capacity and English language proficiency. This will be guided by the immigration risk outcomes associated with the student’s country of citizenship and intended education provider. Where our online client service tool indicates that documentary evidence of financial and English language capacity is required, it is important for applicants to attach these documents to their visa application prior to lodgement. Failure to do so might result in visa refusal.

 

Health and character:

International students are required to be of good character and will generally need to undertake a health examination as part of their student visa application. Students must also obtain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) before a student visa is granted.

 

How to lodge a student visa application:   

All applications for a Student visa (subclass 500) should generally be lodged online.

See ImmiAccount for more information. https://www.border.gov.au/immiaccount

 

How long does it take to process a student visa application?

AHC aims to finalize 75 per cent of complete student visa applications within one month of lodgement. To reduce visa processing times, students are strongly encouraged to submit all required documents with their visa applications. Failure to submit all required documents might lead to processing delays or visa refusal.

 

Impact of the SSVF on existing student visa holders:

The SSVF only applies to student visa applications lodged from 1 July 2016 and will not affect the visas of existing student visa holders.

Family members of existing student visa holders (subclasses 570-576) will need to apply for a subclass 500 visa if they do not currently hold a student visa and want to join their family member in Australia.

 

Impact on Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485):

The eligibility criteria for the Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) will not change.

 

Financial capacity requirements – from 1 July 2016:

The simplified student visa framework (SSVF) will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

The SSVF is designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and reduce red tape for business. This factsheet summarizes the key changes to financial capacity requirements under the SSVF.

 

Student visa evidentiary requirements:

Under the SSVF, all student visa applicants must have sufficient funds available for the duration of their stay in Australia.

Students associated with the lowest immigration risk will generally have streamlined evidentiary requirements. This means these students will generally be able to satisfy us of their financial capacity by providing a declaration. We will however retain the discretion to seek further evidence where appropriate.

Students associated with higher immigration risk, based on their country and education provider immigration risk outcomes, will generally have to provide specified documentary evidence of financial capacity with their visa application.

Students and agents will be able to obtain details about the documentation and evidence that will need to be included with their student visa application by accessing a working sample of an online tool on our website from late May 2016.

The online tool will be fully functional from 1 July 2016 and accessible at any stage of the visa application process, including prior to the submission of a visa application.

 

Documentary evidence of financial capacity:

Where additional evidence of financial capacity is required, the student will be able to demonstrate this by providing one of the following:

 Evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months’ living, course and (for school aged dependents) schooling costs for the student and accompanying family members

 Evidence of meeting the annual income requirement

 An Acceptance Advice of Secondary Exchange Students (AASES) form for secondary exchange students only. The annual income option requires students to provide evidence of personal annual income of at least AUD 60,000. For students accompanied by family members, the amount is AUD 70,000 or more. The income demonstrated must be the personal income of the student’s spouse or parents only.  In circumstances where both the student’s parents are working, their combined income can be considered for this requirement. In all cases, the evidence of annual income must be provided in the form of official government documentation, such as a tax assessment.

The 12-month living and tuition costs option is broadly similar to the requirement that applied to Assessment Level 2 students prior to 1 July 2016. The type of evidence, where required, includes: money deposit or loan with a financial institution, government loan, scholarship or sponsorship.  Where online client service tool indicates that documentary evidence of financial capacity is required, it is important for students to attach these documents to their visa application prior to lodgement. Failure to do so might result in visa refusal.

Living cost amounts:

From 1 July 2016, the 12 month living cost will be:

 Student/guardian – AUD 19,830

 Partner/spouse – AUD 6,940

 Child – AUD 2,970

 

School aged dependents:

Where school aged children are included in the student visa application, schooling costs of AUD 8,000 per year for each child will need to be added to the amount of funds that is required. Dependent children of PhD students are not required to demonstrate evidence of schooling costs if they provide evidence of enrolment in an Australian government school with exemption of school fees.

Dependent children of Australian Commonwealth Government scholarship recipients, including children of Foreign Affairs and Defence sponsored students, are also not required to demonstrate evidence of schooling costs if they provide evidence of enrolment in a government school where the fees have been waived and the student is enrolled in a course as an Australian Government Commonwealth scholarship recipient.

 

Consumer Price Index (CPI) indexation:

Financial amounts including annual income, living costs and schooling costs will be regularly reviewed and adjusted in line with the CPI figures for the previous calendar year.

 

Genuine access to funds:

Students and their accompanying family members must have genuine access to funds, whether it is provided by the student themselves or another eligible person. The funds shown in the visa application must be available for use to financially support the student and any accompanying family members during their stay in Australia.

While considering whether the funds shown will be genuinely available, we will take into account factors including:

The nature of the relationship between the student and the person who is providing the funds, where applicable

 Income, assets and employment of the student or the other person who is providing the funds

Previous visa history of both the student and the person providing the funds.

 

Family members of students:

From 1 July 2016, family members of existing student visa holders will need to apply for a subclass 500 visa if they do not currently hold a student visa and wish to join the student in Australia. Generally the same level of evidentiary requirements of financial capacity applied to primary applicants (students) would apply to their family members, including subsequent dependents. In all circumstances, AHC officers have discretion to ask for further evidence of funds, if required.

 

English language requirements – from 1 July 2016:

The simplified student visa framework (SSVF) will come into effect on 1 July 2016.

The SSVF is designed to make the process of applying for a student visa simpler to navigate for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and reduce red tape for business. This factsheet summarizes the key changes to English language requirements under the SSVF.

 

Student visa evidentiary requirements:

Under the SSVF, students associated with the lowest immigration risk will generally have streamlined evidentiary requirements. This means these students will generally not be required to provide evidence of English language capacity with their visa application, other than a Confirmation of Enrolment which shows that they have met their education provider’s English language requirements. AHC will however retain the discretion to seek this evidence where appropriate. Students associated with higher immigration risk, based on their country and education provider immigration risk outcomes, will generally have to provide documentary evidence of English language proficiency with their visa application.

Where documentary evidence is required, the student will need to provide one of the following with their visa application:

 Evidence of an acceptable English language test score

 Evidence that the student falls within an exempt category.

Students and agents will be able to obtain details about the documentation and evidence that will need to be included with their student visa application by accessing a working sample of the online tools on AHC website from mid May 2016.

The online tool will be fully functional from 1 July 2016 and accessible at any stage of the visa application process, including prior to the submission of a visa application.

 

Acceptable English language test score:

Under the SSVF, where evidence of English language is required, the following minimum English language test scores from these providers will be accepted.

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEST PROVIDERS AND MINIMUM TEST SCORES

English language test providersMinimum test scoreMinimum test score where combined with at least 10 weeks' ELICOSMinimum test score
where combined with
at least 20 weeks’ ELICOS
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)5.554.5
Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL):
Paper based TOEFL
527500450
Internet based TOEFL463532
Cambridge English:

Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English)
162154147
Pearson test of English academic423630
Occupational English testPASSPASSPASS
 

 *The TOEFL paper based test will only be accepted from limited countries and these countries will not change under the SSVF. To ensure that the English test score is current, the English test must have been taken either within two years before the application is made or within two years before the grant of the visa.

Where our online client service tool indicates that documentary evidence of English language proficiency is required, it is important for students to attach these documents to their visa application prior to lodgement. Failure to do so might result visa refusal.

 

English language exemptions

Under the SSVF, the following student categories will continue to be exempted from providing an English language test score with their visa application regardless of the immigration risk rating that applies:

 Students enrolled in fulltime school studies as a principal course, including secondary exchange programmes; postgraduate research courses; standalone English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS); and Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored students

 Students who have completed at least five years’ study in one or more of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, or the Republic of Ireland

 Citizens and passport holders of one of the following English-speaking countries: UK, USA,

Canada, NZ or Republic of Ireland

 Students who have successfully completed in Australia in the English language either the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or studies at the Certificate IV or higher level, in the two years before applying for the student visa.

 

Packaging English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS)

Under the SSVF, there is no limitation on the maximum duration of ELICOS study that could be undertaken. Genuine students will be able to undertake as much ELICOS study as either a standalone course or prior to their principal course, as required.