OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a health insurance that covers the cost of medical and hospital care, which international students must have while in Australia for the duration of their course of study. OSHC will also pay for most prescription drugs and emergency ambulance transport. The OSHC premium cover must be paid before a student visa is issued. Leaders Institute of Training and Education can organise cover for you if you wish. Contact our Student Services.
You can find out more about OSHC at www.health.gov.au and www.study.vic.gov.au
FULL TIME STUDY
Australian law requires international students to study, a full time study load. A full-time study load is normally a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least 34 weeks each calendar year or continuous 12-month period.
International students studying VET courses are expected to attend all classes. International students will be reported to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection if the students attend less than 80% of scheduled classes for their course.
Reporting a student to DIBP is likely to result in the cancellation of the student’s COE (Confirmation of Enrolment).
If students do not make satisfactory academic progress they may be reported to DIBP which may lead to cancellation of their visa. Unsatisfactory academic progress is defined as failing more than 50% of units in any two consecutive study periods (one study period equals one term). A failure in more than 50% of units in one study period will trigger a review of academic progress by the Institute and the implementation of an intervention strategy. Failing a unit means being assessed as ‘Not Yet Competent (NYC)’ for a completed unit. In order to have the best chance of maintaining satisfactory progress you must:
• Attend all theory and practical classes and pay attention to the work and activities undertaken in class;
• Study the theory and practice the skills that are taught in class;
• Ensure that you are present for all assessment activities scheduled by the teachers;
• Make an appointment with the Student Support Officer if you are having any difficulties with your studies.
In addition to the above minimum requirement, the Institute will implement counselling procedures and an intervention strategy when your teachers think you may be in danger of not meeting the requirements. Counselling and intervention may be triggered by any of the following events:
• Failing key units in a study period
• Failing two or more core units in any study period
If students fail to meet the requirements of satisfactory course progress, they will be reported to DIBP
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Upon arriving in Australia you are required to advise the Institute of your residential address and telephone number and of any subsequent changes to your residential address. It is extremely important that students notify the Institute of a change of address as, under Section 20 of the ESOS Act, the Institute is obliged to serve a notice at your last known address if you breach a student visa condition relating to attendance or academic performance. The Institute may also send warning notices to you which are aimed at helping prevent breaches of your visa conditions. As per Tuition Protection Service (TPS) update, international students are required to update their current address at least every six months. It is your responsibility and in your own interests to details at the Institute to ensure you receive important information about your course, fees and possible breaches of your student visa.
Additional information on student visa issues is available on the DIBP web site at http://www.border.gov.au/