If you are granted a visa, you must abide by its conditions. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in the cancellation of your visa.

Conditions include (but are not limited to) that you must:

  1. Satisfy course progress requirements, including maintaining attendance and maintain a valid enrolment for your chosen course of study.
  2. Only work if you have been given permission to do so as part of your visa grant.
  3. Maintain approved Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while in Australia.
  4. Notify SSBT of your Australian address and any subsequent changes of address within 7 days.
  5. Complete the course within the duration specified in the CoE.
  6. Remain with SSBT for at least 6 months (or the duration of the course if less than this period) unless you are issued with a release from SSBT to attend another institution.

If you haven’t yet been granted a student visa, please see applying for a Student Visa.

Applying for a Student Visa

After you are accepted into a place at SSBT and well before you plan to go, you will need to apply for a Student Visa.

You must include a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) with your visa application. If you are doing more than one course, then include the CoE of each.

The current fee from Home Affairs for Student Visa (sub-class 500) is AUD 620.

Students under 18, please read the related page, as you must have welfare arrangements in place.

Genuine temporary entrant.   You must be a genuine temporary entrant, and not be intending to stay on in Australia after studies cease.

English. You might need to provide some evidence of your English skills with your visa application, but check the Document Checklist tool (link below) to find out. If you are required to submit evidence of English language skill, then see this English language test score page for the accepted level.

IMPORTANT:  Use the interactive Document Checklist tool to find out exactly what you need to include. See the latest checklist at Home Affairs.

Processing times for the vocational education Student Visa is: 35 – 55 days.

Financial Capacity

You need to have enough money that is genuinely available to you, to pay for course fees, travel and living costs for you and your accompanying family members while in Australia. See our Minimum Living Costs table.

We expect that most international students will need to show that they have at least 12 months of funds available.

    • Provide evidence of funds to cover travel to Australia and 12 months living, course and schooling costs for student plus accompanying family members
    • If coming to Australia for a short course, you will only need to show evidence of funds for the intended period of stay.

You can choose to support these minimums with part-time jobs, but should not be reliant on finding this work in Australia. 

Cost of Living Minimum Example

Annual living costs amounts for students, guardians and accompanying family members

  1. for a primary applicant: AUD21,041
  2. for a spouse or de facto partner of the primary applicant: AUD7,362
  3. for a dependent child: AUD3,152
  4. annual school costs: AUD8,296
  5. personal annual income if there is no secondary applicant: AUD62,222
  6. personal annual income where there is a secondary applicant: AUD72,592

Documentation to Prepare

There are many things to do to prepare your documents for online application:

  • Non-English documents must be translated into English. If you are in Australia, your translator must be accredited by the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters. If you are outside Australia, contact the Australian mission (in the country that issued the documents) for a translator.
  • Scan all documents – both non-English documents and translated documents.
  • Attach scanned copies to your online application when asked.
  • Provide certified copies of your documents.
  • Submit all documents with your application or your application could be refused or a decision on your visa could be delayed.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Before you leave your shores, you will need to know all about living in Australia, settling in, and student visa requirements.

It is so important to bring all the necessary documents with you and prepare for your trip. Things can go wrong when travelling and we want your path to go smoothly.

  • Passport and Visa – Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your arrival in Australia, and that you have all your student visa documentation. Make copies of your passport in case you lose your passport.
  • Student enrolment and orientation documents – Take your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) and student information pack (print out).
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) – This is a requirement for entry to Australia, so make sure you have your health cover policy arranged before you leave home.
  • Travel Insurance – You should also consider travel insurance, which covers things your OSHC may not – such as cancelled flights, lost documents, dental or optical care, etc.
  • Airfares – Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your flight. Keep your flight details in a safe place, with your passport and visa. Note down on paper what time to be at the airport.
  • Contact details – You may want to carry a list of emergency contact details for family, as well as your embassy, accommodation and SSBT college campus details. If you used an education agent, keep their contact details on you, in case you need to contact them on arrival in Australia.
  • Australian currency – There are money exchange places available at Australian airports and in cities, but we recommend having some Australian currency on you prior to leaving.
  • Transport from the airport – Have all the details ready, and if your travel has been arranged by SSBT, note the private transfer operator’s contact details. If you need a map to assist in getting to your accommodation from the airport, they will be available at the airport.
  • Accommodation details – Make sure you have the address of where you will be staying, their phone number, and payment confirmation (if you have already paid for your accommodation).
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AShruti Bahl, Training Administrator


“SSBT is an RTO, providing quality education and exceptional customer service. I am Shruti Bahl and I am the Training Administrator here. I deal with academic matters and help students achieve their goals by providing them the academic support they need. I aim to enhance my skills and experience whilst making a real difference to our growing organisation.”

-Shruti Bahl, Training Administrator