Study in Australia – information about living and studying in Australia
Study in Queensland – information about living and studying in Queensland
Living in Australia
Life in Australia Book (translated versions)
My Future – career information and resources provided as a joint initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments
Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework – factsheets about the Education Services for Overseas Students framework
Tuition Protection Service – – assists international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study:
Department of Immigration and Border Protection – student visa information:
State and Territory Ombudsman’s offices – take complaints about public education providers in Australia:
Fair Work Ombudsman – takes complaints about work rights and breaches of workplace laws
Surrounding areas to visit
Most student visas allow you to bring your family members to Australia as your dependants (check your individual circumstances DIBP website). Family members include your spouse, and you and your spouse’s dependent children. Before bringing your spouse or children to Australia, you will have to prove that you can support them financially. The cost of supporting a family in Australia is high. You may have to consider and discuss many issues with your family.
Issues to Consider
Rather than bringing your family together with you to Australia, some students may find it useful to arrive first, settle into studies, find appropriate accommodation, adjust to living in Australia and then arrange for their family to join them.
Before making a decision to bring your family to Australia it is important to consider the following issues:
The cost of airfares for your family to and from Australia;
Possible higher rent for a larger home;
Limited employment opportunities for your spouse;
Extra costs for food, clothing and other necessities;
The effect on you and your studies if your family is not happy in Australia;
Whether your children will adjust to school in Australia;
Waiting lists for child care centres; and
Whether to come alone to Australia first and arrange things for your family or to all come at the same time.
For more information visit:
There are two types of schools in Australia – State schools and independent schools. Study for your children will incur extra fees. Contact the schools directly for more details.
Directory of State and Independent Schools Brisbane
Overseas student health cover (OSHC)
Overseas student health cover (OSHC) is insurance that provides cover for the costs of medical and hospital care which international students may need while in Australia and is mandatory for international student visa holders.
OSHC will also cover the cost of emergency ambulance transport and most prescription drugs.
OSHC FACTSHEET (Australian Government)