To study in Australia as a migrant, you must be the holder of a valid Australian student visa.

Student visas are temporary visas that allow people to come to Australia for a specific period of time and study at an Australian educational institution. Applications are assessed against a complex grid of requirements and are dependent on the applicant’s country of nationality and chosen visa subclass.

As of July 2016, many of the available student visa subclasses became obsolete. There are now only two visa subclasses available for all students. They are:

  1. Student (Subclass 500) Visa
  2. Student Guardian (Subclass 590) Visa

For more information on Student Migration, please contact Laymens on 1800 529 636.

Thinking About Studying & Living in Australia? Consider These Things First

Cost of living in Australia

It’s expensive to go out. It’s expensive to live. It’s expensive in general. Once you get a job, you’ll be able to afford a lot but shopping becomes a completely different experience. The average cost of living in Australia can actually be quite confronting to newcomers.

For a student visiting or living in Australia, the Australian government estimates that you will need around $19,830 AUD for 12 months. This is a base amount. Depending on whether you’re living by yourself, with a partner, or bringing an entire family, it can be vastly different.

Monthly living expenses in Australia

Housing, if you’re renting, is estimated to range from $85-$400 AUD a week, this is of course just an estimate, and depending on the area and type of housing, it can be different.

In general, it’s estimated that groceries and eating out can cost around $80-$280 per week, electricity from $35-$140 per week, phone and internet are approximately $20-%55 per week, public transport is around $15-$55, maintenance of using a car after purchase is around $150-$260 per week depending on the amount you use it, and entertainment is estimated around $80-$150 per week.

This is what the Australian government recommends for students visiting Australia. These prices will vary depending on your situation, but it gives you a good idea of how much it costs to live in Australia. Monthly living expenses in Australia vary from person to person. So when determining your cost of living expenses you’ll want to be frugal and conscientious of what is necessary and what isn’t.

Finding a job in Australia

To get a job in Australia, you either have to start considering your options before the move and organise a job interview via technology, or you have to try and get one once you’ve arrived. The more prepared you are and the more research you’ve done, the higher chance you have of getting a job.

There are a few things you need to consider. You need to make sure you have the correct visa to be able to work in Australia.

You have to make sure your resume/CV is internationally understandable and doesn’t have any language that is targeted towards a specific region. Basically, switch from American English or whichever language you’re using to UK English. You also need to state your visa status in the purpose of your CV, just so they are aware. This is only if you have one.

Australian resumes aren’t short and concise like other countries; employers are after detailed resumes that have bullet points and expand on information. You need to ensure you have the necessary credentials for the field and/or job you’re looking to get. It’s also important to consider the type of job you want and can handle when living in Australia, for example: full-time, part-time, casual or temporary. This will help refine the search for the job you want.

If you want to search before you have a visa, you can sign up to LinkedIn. You can also search for a recruiter in Sydney in the people section and choose an internal recruiter for your field of interest. This is ideal as on LinkedIn you can send them a message with your resume/CV attached. By getting a recruiter or the help of an immigration officer, you have a good chance of getting a job while living in Australia.

Driving in Australia

Each state has different rules but some states require an international drivers permit with your foreign licence.

Some states require you to carry an International licence with your foreign licence while other states require the foreign licence with a formal translation of your licence (if it’s not in English).

Aside from the NT, you can drive with an international licence, as long as it’s valid and the type of licence meets the requirements of the vehicle you’re driving.

People visiting Australia will need a temporary overseas visitor licence. To get this licence you have to remain a temporary visitor, have a current licence and your current licence must not be suspended or cancelled.

As a visitor you can drive vehicles covered by a NSW class C licence. Those with alternative licences can ride or drive the vehicles covered by your overseas licence.

If you stay in Australia and end up needing an Australian licence your overseas licence won’t be recognised.

Demerit points and penalties apply to learner drivers.