Education

Why Study in Australia?

Australia is a preferred overseas study destination for international students. The Australian education system is highly regarded around the world. Reasons being:-

  • An Australian qualification is widely recognised
  • The Australian education system offers flexible delivery modes
  • Australian training institutions are governed by strict legislation (a protection for all students studying in Australia)
  • Australian lifestyle is conducive to studying
  • An Australian multicultural environment welcomes international students
  • Support networks available for international students
  • Cost of living in Australia is lower than other western countries

Education

You are welcome here:

International students are enrolled in a wide range of disciplines across all levels of education, including English language courses, secondary education, vocational education, graduate bachelor or post-graduate masters degrees, through to doctoral degrees. Most international students enrol in higher education programs, with an increasing number enrolling in Vocational Education & Training certificates and associated English language programs.

All registered training institutions (universities and colleges) are accredited with the Australian Government and standards are closely monitored. Universities offer post and undergraduate courses whilst Vocational Education & Training institutions offer practical, career orientated courses.

Each university will differ in their application requirements but generally, they will require international students to:-

  • have a required IELTS score
  • submit an application form to be assessed by the university
  • meet an eligibility criteria
  • pay tuition fees on the issue of a CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment)

International students are attracted to study in Australia for the world-class education, safe and multicultural cities, high standard of living and great climate. Australia offers international students the opportunity to gain a world-recognised education in a progressive business economy, a politically tolerant society and a mature, democratic lifestyle.

ConnectRelocate will assist you by providing:-

  • Information on requirements to studying in Australia
  • Guidance in applying to Australian education institutions
  • On-going support after your application for study has been submitted
  • In affiliation with Immigration agent/s, providing support on visa issues such as appropriate applications, extensions and renewals
  • Information regarding studying in Australia eg health insurance, bank accounts, public transport, student discounts
  • Support and assistance in finding accommodation that suits your individual needs
  • Ancilliary information – such as child care or school registration for family members, Australian Immigration requirements in bringing your pet to Australia, cross cultural program that will support you to understand the Australian culture & expectations.

APPLYING TO STUDY IN AUSTRALIA:

HOW CAN CONNECTRELOCATE ASSIST YOU?

We can assist you with making an informed choice.
In Australia, all international students need to obtain a student visa to be able to commence their studies. ConnectRelocate can assist you in applying to study in Australia -

  • request a registration form
  • email completed form (identifying selected course) to ConnectRelocate
  • ConnectRelocate will forward a report on selected course and training institution for discussion

an application form from the institution is sent to you for completion
end application form with requested additional documents to ConnectRelocate for forwarding to institution
If accepting the Letter of Offer from institution you will be required to make course fee payments to ConnectRelocate
Confirmation of Enrolment from training institution will be sent to you to use to apply for your student visa. (ConnectRelocate can refer you to a migration agent for assistance with your visa)
You must obtain a student visa before you can commence your studies in Australia

Note that applying for a student visa can take some time in some countries – anything from 2 to 4 months. So always APPLY IN ADVANCE.

BEFORE COMING TO AUSTRALIA TO STUDY:

You have decided to study in Australia & are faced with many things to prepare for your trip. Below is a checklist on things to do after you have accepted your offer and applied for a student visa.

  • ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your course completion date (in case you require further styudy time or wish to travel after studying)
  • ensure you have all the important document you will need to bring to Australia – passport, student visa, offer letter, acceptance letter, Confirmation of Enrolment letter, documentations on your study course / institution, documents on your academic history, your work istory, formal identification papers – birth certificates, credit cards medical records, legal documents, international drivers license
  • secure your flight to Australia (note if you take the cheaper late evening arrival flights you may be required to book into a hotel for a night before accessing your arranged accommodation)
  • arrange your accommodation with ConnectRelocate prior to arriving in Australia (booked in advance will give you more time to complete all requirements and if in a hometay or shared arrangement give you more time to communicate with your host)
  • ask ConnectRelocate to arrange your airport transfers
  • get medical health insurance organised & have a medical, dental & optical check-up before leaving. (Check Australian customs website for information on medication you can bring into Australia)
  • get important documents translated into English
  • get an Interational drivers license if you want to drive in Australia
  • research the area / city you are going to or ask ConnectRelocate to provide an Information Pack (map and community services)
  • contact www.talkdownunder.com/ConnectRelocate to oder your mobile phone service
  • purchase an adaptor plug at www.ConnectRelocate.com.au for your electrical appliances (laptop, camera, Ipod, haridyer) you are bringing from home (Australia uses 240 volts)
  • arrange to have some Australian dollars
  • check with Australian customs to what you can’t bring into Australia- Do NOT pack illegal substances, prohibited goods such as fruit, wheat or dairy products

ADJUSTING TO LIFE IN AUSTRALIA:

Arriving in Australia
Working in Australia
Transferring money to Australia
Settling in
Cost of Living
Australian customs
Signing contracts

ARRIVAL:

When you arrive in Australia you will need to clear customs at the international airport. Australian Customs regulations are very strict and you will need to be aware of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to bring into Australia. Travellers are required to complete a passenger arrival form stating reason for visit, personal details, contact address in Australia and information about your luggage. Read information on Custom’s Regulations on concerning duty free concessions, money allowances, prohbited goods, medications, food and animal products at (government website): http://www.customs.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=4835
Often Customs Officers may question selected travellers and seek a detailed examination of your luggage. Detector dogs might also be used to search for illegal drugs, and other prohibited substances including food, plant or animal material.
Ensure you declare all foods, (tinned or packaged), and any plant or animal material. Be honest with customer officers.

WORKING IN AUSTRALIA:

International students are able to work limited hours while studying in Australia provided they have the relevant visa. Before making this decision, you should consider the amount of time committed to your studies and the free time available to work. However. international students benefit greatly from working in Australia.

You get valuable work experience, connections with employers and an Australian reference. Some students choose to take an easy job so they can concentrate on their studies. The most popular employment for international students includes working in restaurants, cafes, retail shops, offices, nannying, cleaning and fruit picking. Australian employers are required to pay according to the Australian Wage Standards and as a student you can expect to receive between AU$12-20 per hour depending on the field of work you do and your age. Weekend work and public holidays may result in a higher hourly rate.

People granted student visas on or after 26 April 2008 will automatically receive permission to work with their visa grant. A student can work up to 20 hours per week while their course is in session and full time in the holidays. However, students cannot start work until they have commenced their course in Australia.

Students will need to obtain a tax file number (TFN) prior to commencing work in Australia. A TFN is issued by the Taxation Office to individuals for identification and record keeping purposes. You can apply for your TFN through the Tax Office, via on-line with the Australian Tax Office or talk to ConnectRelocate for assistance in this matter.

If you work during your stay in Australia, you ill have to present a tax return form at the end of each financial year. It will be required to be submitted between July & October. You will be required to declare your income (your employer would have given you a Group Certificate stating the amount earnt), tax withheld, deductions and / or tax offsets for an income year.

You can seek the assistance of a Tax Agent or Tax Consultant to do your tax return or you can use an on-line process- called e-tax, provided by the Australian Tax Office to do yourself. You also can get phone assistance from staff at Australian Tax Office.

You employer is required to pay a proportion of your wage into a superannuation fund. This money is accessed when employees retire usually around the age of 60 years. However, as an international student working in Australia, you will have access to this money when you leave the country, known as the Departing Australia Supperannuation Payment (DASP). To get this money, you will need to complete an application online through the Australian Tax Office. http://www.ato.gov.au/pathway.asp?pc=001/007126

To apply fo your DASP you will need to supply the ATO with;-

  • your name
  • you email address
  • you passport number
  • you TFN
  • your superannuation account details – including your superannuations provider’s Australian Business Number (ABN)

Need to find work during your stay in Australia? Not sure how to do this? Want assistance?

ConnectRelocate can help YOU. Talk to us TODAY.

ConnectRelocate’s specialised job search trainers will work closely with you to improve your chances of securing work in Australia . For a minimal service fee, ConnectRelocate provides you with the best chance of securing work in Australia.

Our individualised job search training can be undertaken on-line while you are in your homeland. So when you arrive in Australia, you are already equipped with the skills and knowledge on how to secure work.
You will be taught how to write a resume, a job application or undertake an interview for the Australian employer. You will also be connected with employers and recruitment agencies and taught how to use the employment portals www.seek.com.au, www.careerone.com.au, www.mycareer.com.au , www.jobsearch.com.au . ConnectRelocate will connect you with local employers after your arrival in Australia.

TRANSFERRING MONEY TO AUSTRALIA:

It is recommended that you bring enough Australian dollars to Australia for your first month. You may decide to send the rest of your money through an international money order or transfer or access your money through a bank ATM. Ideally, you set up an Australian bank account as soon as you arrive. Note that amounts of AU$10,000 or more (or equivalent in foreign currency) must be reported to Australian customs on your arrival in Australia.

Opening a bank account:

Most major banks in Australia – Commonwealth Bank, Westpac Bank, St George Bank, National Bank (nab), ANZ Bank – offer full time students various banking options including low or no monthly account or withdrawal fees. The best way to do banking is via the internet as you can have access to your account 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will need to visit your bank to set up this on-line option. To open a bank account, you will need to present your passport and documents to prove you have enrolled at an education institution (such as your student ID)

Talk to ConnectRelocate staff for further information on money transfer options and setting up a bank account in Australia.

SETTLING IN:

It is common for students to experience some culture shock after arriving in Australia. Be aware of symptons of culture shock – unsettledness, emotionally upset, loneliness, isolating oneself etc. Students should allow themselves time for adjustment.

Enjoy your new experiences – join clubs, meet Aussies, get involved in sports, travel.

A great way to learn about Australian culture is to live with Australians and become involved in their life. ConnectRelocate holds regular social events for students and host families to encourage friendships and to share Australian experiences.

COST OF LIVING IN AUSTRALIA:

It is estimated that students need up to AU$20,000 a year, in addition to your tution fees for living expenses. This includes accommodation costs, food, transportation, textbooks and entertainment expenses. Your cost of living can vary according to your location (generally higher costs in city centres and lower in regional areas), style of accommodation selected and chosen lifestyle. Be aware that selecting a lower accommodation rate may result in you spending more on electricity & water costs, transport and internet access costs. Many students choose to stay in a homestay arrangement as food, electricity, water, often internet access(& no bond money charged) is covered in their total cost. See the accommodation link on this website for more information on the types of accommodation available to students.

AUSTRALIAN CUSTOMS:

The terms “please” and “thank you” are expected to be said when seeking assistance from others or appreciating their efforts. This is a sign of good manners. It is regarded as rude and disrespectful if these terms are not used.

When talking to others, Australians will look into others’ eyes. Lowering one’s eyes is oftern interpreted as being sneeky or dishonest.

Most Australians prefer others to always be honest and quietly communicate one’s opinions or concerns. This should be done without any malice or verbal violence.

Generally, Australians are very safety and environmentally conscious. They behave in a manner that limits the danger to others and the environment. A major concern to Australians is water shortage. Our showers are limited to 2-3 minutes and taps are not left running.

SIGNING CONTRACTS:

Always seek advise before signing contracts for mobile phones, internet service or property leases. These are legally binding and once signed you are committed to the contract for the alloted time period.