How to apply for a Visa

International students need to fill out and submit an Australian Visa application and be approved to receive a Student Visa to study in Australia for more than 12 weeks. Short stay visas are for students studying in Australia for less than 12 weeks.

A Student Visa in Australia is a temporary visa issued to non-Australian residents and is granted to students who are enrolled in a CRICOS registered, full time course in Australia. International students can be issued with a multiple entry visa for the duration of their study in Australia. You can travel to and from Australia within the visa period. 

Further information on Student Visa requirements in Australia is available on the Department of Home Affairs website.


Conditions of your student visa

  • Maintain enrolment in a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registered course and maintain satisfactory course progress and attendance.
  • Maintain enrolment in a registered course that is the same level as, or at a higher level than, the registered course for which your student visa was granted.
  • Continue to satisfy the requirements for grant of your student visa, for example that you still have sufficient financial capacity to support your stay in Australia.
  • Notify TAFE Queensland within seven days of any change to your contact details, including home address, mobile number and email address.
  • Must not work more than 40 hours per fortnight during course semesters.
  • Maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entirety of your student visa.
  • Maintain adequate schooling arrangements for any school-age dependents who joined you in Australia on a student dependent visa for more than three months.
  • You must not be involved in activities that are disruptive to, or violent towards, the Australian community.


Students under 18

When you are applying for a student visa you are required by the Australian Department of Home Affairs to have adequate welfare arrangements in place. You must maintain adequate arrangements for your accommodation, support, and general welfare for the duration of your course or until the end of the week you turn 18.

To maintain adequate arrangements for your welfare you must stay in Australia with:

  • your parent, legal custodian, or
  • a relative who has been nominated by your parents or custodians who is aged over 21 and is of good character, or
  • the TAFE Queensland approved accommodation and welfare provider

Please note: you cannot change your arrangements without the written approval of TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland has entered an agreement with Union Institute of Language (UIL) to facilitate the provision of the welfare services for all students under the age of 18 years (fees apply). TAFE Queensland considers the ongoing support and monitoring of younger students will enhance the overall student experience. The TAFE Queensland welfare package will assist younger students to settle into their studies and their new life in Australia. This ongoing support, monitoring and pastoral care ensures students are well supported to succeed in an adult learning environment and promote positive study outcomes.

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