Frequently Asked Questions
What can I bring in my luggage?
Australia has very strict health policies to protect its ecosystem. The main reason for this is that Australia is an island that has been isolated from the rest of the world for many years, so it isn’t immunized against certain diseases and pests that in other areas are considered normal.
The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service prohibits the entry of fresh fruit, vegetables, seeds or plants that may carry pests or diseases. If you bring illegal items, they will confiscate them at the border and they can even penalise you, be careful! If you carry any food, medicines or any items subject to inspection, you must declare them. How? On your flight to Australia, you will receive an Immigration card called Incoming Passenger Card. This is when you need to declare everything you consider relevant.
The best suggestion is that you don’t bring anything that is prohibited. Check this link for further info.
Do I need a travel insurance to travel to Australia?
Although it is not mandatory, it is highly recommended for your travel period in case of lost luggage, passport or any health scare during your flight. Additionally if you travel with a student visa you will need an Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) which will start as soon as you land in Australia. We at Trans-Consult Education can help you get your OSHC.
What is the emergency number to call?
In an emergency, call 000 for fire, ambulance or police. It is an easy number to remember but we hope you never have to use it.
Which is the best season to arrive to Australia?
Anytime! It’s always a great time to move to Australia. Australia is a huge country and the climate varies depending on where you are. It is the only country that is considered a continent in itself. You can find tropical rainforests in the North, snowy mountains in the South-East, and enormous deserts in the centre.
How can I arrange SIM card?
It is best to purchase a SIM card or Australian mobile number when you arrive in Australia, as using your home phone number will incur high costs. You can purchase a SIM card at the airport when you land. There are two types of mobile phone accounts you can choose from:
A prepaid service gives you flexibility because you control how much you spend and can stop using the service any time. Pre-paid SIM cards are sold in many shops and supermarkets, as well as by mobile phone providers. The set up process is easy. You can top up balance as needed. The top up balance generally expires every 30 days unless used. Your mobile phone provider can provide details on how you can top up your service.
If you will be using your mobile a lot, and will be in Australia for a fixed period of time for study, a contract might work out cheaper for you. This is also known as post-paid plans. There are many mobile phone operators and you can select from a range of phone plans available based on your needs.
Many internet providers in Australia are also mobile or fixed phone carriers, and they offer pre-paid or contract internet plans similar to the above. If you choose a contract service, you will receive a modem, and pay each month for a certain data allowance. Ask the providers you are considering for details of plans that might suit you.
These are the main mobile and internet providers in Australia:
Why study in Australia?
Australia is a lifestyle choice. It’s beauty lies in it’s cultural diversity, high standards of education, warm and friendly people and highly rewarding future employment prospects. This lucky country offers a mix of a healthy study, work and life balance.
What requirements do I need to satisfy for an Australian student visa?
Here are some of the requirements to apply for a student visa:
- Be enrolled in a course of study and provide evidence
Make welfare arrangements if you are under 18 years
- Meet the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) criteria
- Meet English language requirements
- Have adequate health insurance
- Meet the financial capacity requirement (If required)
- Meet the health requirement
Sign the Australian values statement
Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused
How much does it cost to study in Australia?
The cost will depend on many different factors, such as institution, chosen course and the level of study.
What can I study in Australia?
Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students with more than 1,400 institutions and 25,000 courses to choose from. The sky is the limit!
What are the steps for applying for student visa?
We are experts in all issues relating to student Visa. We will be with you every step of the way, so don’t hesitate to give us a buzz to guide you and get you started on your Australian journey!
How does it work?
Research - Based on your interest and personal and professional goals think about what you’d like to study, the institution you’d like to attend and the city that suits your lifestyle and budget. Start a wish list of your preferences and begin to narrow down your selection.
Get in Touch - When you are ready, speak to a counsellor at Trans-Consult Education (TCE). Our counsellor will work through your wish list and all the big and small details to find the best possible fit between your personal and professional goal, your future institution and your area of study.
Application and documentation - After we have worked together to choose the best course and institutions based on your requirements your TCE counsellor will support your applications. We take our job very seriously and follow the strictest legal and ethical standards. Your counsellor will contact your chosen institution to to make sure they support your application to improve your chances of acceptance. You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, provider and qualification you're studying for. The most important documents include:
Certificates that verify your previous study, including qualifications you already have.
Evidence of your English language proficiency.
Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience if you are seeking course credits. These must be translated into English.
4. Letter of Offer (LoO) - If your application is successful, you will receive a ‘Letter of Offer’. To confirm your offer you must respond to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution.
Before accepting your offer, your TCE counsellor will read it carefully with you and explain any conditions that may apply. If you are accepted for more than one course or institution, we'll help you decide which option is best for you.
Read the Letter of Offer carefully before you accept it.
Make sure that you understand all your rights, including the refund arrangements.
Do not accept the Letter of Offer if you are not happy with any of its terms.
Keep a copy of the Letter of Offer. You will need this copy so that you are aware of your rights and if you have to make a claim against the institution.
5. Confirmation of Enrolment - Once you have accepted your LoO and paid your deposit you will receive an ‘Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment’ (eCoE). This will outline your course start date, total course fees and how long your course will run for.
6. Visa application - It's time to apply fo your student visa. We are here to help. TCE counsellor will fill out the student visa application, review it and send it.
7. Time for take off - Once your student visa has been approved, you'll buy your plane ticket, pack your bags and get ready for your great Aussie experience. Your TCE counsellor will help out along the way with advice on matters such as pre-departure and post arrival information including exchanging money, insurance, SIM cards and opening a bank account.
What English language tests are acceptable for Australian student visa application?
There are five different tests accepted for Australian student visa applications:
Can I travel with my partner/family to study in Australia?
Yes! It is possible to apply for a Dependent Visa.
your partner, or
your or your partner's dependent child who is unmarried and has not turned 18 years of age.
What is Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)?
What is a Student Visa (500)?
Student Visa subclass 500 allows international students to enter Australia temporarily to participate in an eligible course of study in Australia.
The following condition(s) might be attached to this visa:
8104 - Work restriction: 40 hours a fortnight
8105 - Work restriction
8201 - Maximum 3 months study
8202 - Meet course requirements
8203 - Limited study change
8204 - Study limitations
8303 - Not be disruptive
8501 - Maintain adequate health insurance
8516 - Continue to satisfy the criteria for the grant of the visa
8517 - Maintain adequate arrangements for the education of your school-age dependants
8518 - Maintain adequate arrangements for your education
8532 - Maintaining welfare arrangements for minors
8533 - Inform provider of address
8534 - No further stay
8535 - No further stay
Which is the best city to live in Australia?
What would be my favourite city? A million-dollar question!
There are thousands of kilometres of desert, rainforest, mountains, lakes, rivers, roads and beaches that separate each city. Each one has its own USP…Don't worry we can help you select the best city to study based on your course, needs and expectations.
What is the weather like in Australia?
How many time zones are there in Australia?
What plug and voltage is used in Australia?
In Australia, power plugs and sockets are Type I. The standard voltage is 230V and the standard frequency is 50Hz. You can use your electric appliances in Australia, if the standard voltage in your home country is between 220-240V (as is in the UK, Europe, Australia and most of Asia and Africa).
If the standard voltage in your home country is in the range 100-127V (as is in the US, Canada and most South American countries), you need a voltage converter in Australia. The Type I plug has two flat pins in a V-shape as well as an earthing pin.
If you live in Argentina, China, Uruguay, or in some Pacific Islands, you can use the same plugs that you have at home. If not, you will need a travel adapter.
What is an expected cost of living for international students in Australia?
Your cost of living will vary according to lifestyle and personal requirements. Your budget should be flexible enough to cope with unexpected costs (e.g. emergencies or health expenses).
In addition to institution fees and textbooks, you will need to budget for general living expenses such as accommodation, meals and entertainment, as well as transport and utilities.
The Department of Home Affairs has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia.
As of October 2019, the Australian Government estimates 12-month living costs to be:
For students or guardians - AUD$21,041
For partners coming with you - AUD$7,362
For a child coming with you - AUD$3,152
This information is only a general guide to help you estimate your living costs while studying. All prices are in Australian dollars and accurate at the time of publishing.
Check out Australian Government's moneysmart website for tips on simple ways to manage your money while studying here.
The below costs are an approximate guide to assist you in planning your stay in Australia.
- Hostels and Guesthouses - $90 to $150 per week
Shared Rental - $95 to $215 per week
On campus - $110 to $280 per week
Homestay - $235 to $325 per week
Rental - $185 to $440 per week
Boarding schools - $11,000 to $22,000 a year
Other living expenses
Groceries and eating out - $140 to $280 per week
Gas, electricity - $10 to $20 per week
Phone and Internet - $15 to $30 per week
Public transport - $30 to $60 per week
Car (after purchase) - $150 to $260 per week
Entertainment - $80 to $150 per week
Do I need any insurance other than OSHC?
As an international student in Australia, you need to maintain your OSHC for the duration of your student visa. However you may also want to look at other types of insurance that may come handy.
- Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance — included in your car registration cost (except in New South Wales, where you buy it separately). Also called green slip insurance. It covers the costs of compensation claims if you injure or kill someone in a car accident.
- Third party property insurance — covers damage to other people’s property, including cars, when an accident is your fault.
- Third party property, fire and theft insurance — covers property damage, and your car if it's stolen or damaged by fire.
- Comprehensive insurance — covers repairs to your car and repairs to other cars, even if the accident is your fault. It also covers your car if it's stolen or damaged by fire, flood or vandalism.
What kind of transport options are available in Australia?
Australia has a very good transport network and options available in Australia include buses, trains, trams and ferries. All major capital cities offer excellent access to private and public car services from taxis to hired limousines.
Of course, the easy access to transport service and the cost of transport will depend on where you live and the kind of transport you are using. Check relevant state or territory government website such as Transport NSW or Public Transport Victoria for services available, timetable, and the costs associated.
Transport Concessions for international students
Most states and territories offer transport concessions for international students.
The ACT Government provides transport concession to international students. Present your formal student identification card or apply successfully for MyWay Students Concession Card. For more information visit the Transport Canberra website.
In NSW, international students are not entitled to transport concessions unless your study is fully funded by specified Australian Government scholarships. International students on an Endeavour Scholarship, an Australian Awards Scholarship, or an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship, are also eligible. For more information about getting around Sydney and NSW refer to Transport NSW.
In the Northern Territory primary, school students travel free on presentation of a valid student card. University and VET students are entitled to unlimited bus travel for three hours on any scheduled public bus service at a cost of $1.00 with a valid student card. Full details can be found on the NT Department of Transport website.
As a full‐time international student studying at a Queensland education institution in a course approved by Centrelink for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance purposes, you are eligible for concessions on public transport. The Translink website provides full details on Queensland concession fares.
As an international student in South Australian, you may be eligible for transport concessions on presentation of your formal student identification card. Visit Adelaide Metro for further information on fares and conditions.
Students may be eligible for a concession card if they are studying as part of an approved overseas exchange program, if they have refugee status or if they hold an Australian Development Scholarship. Check with your education provider to find out if you are eligible or visit Public Transport Victoria for more detailed information.
International students and local students who study in Tasmania qualify for the same travel concessions. For more information on transport concessions in Tasmania visit Tasmanian Government Discounts & Concessions website.
WAInternational students studying full-time in Western Australia are eligible for public transport concessions. For information about current concession passes visit the Transperth website.
Can I drive in Australia?
Driving regulations differ slightly from state to state in Australia and therefore it is important to learn and adhere to traffic rules while driving in any part of Australia. You may find most road rules and regulations are different from your home country. For example, in Australia you will always be driving on the left side of the road.
Can I work in Australia?
Yes, your eligibility to work in Australia depends on the type of visa you have been granted. Certain types of visas do not permit you to work at all, some restrict the number of hours you can work per week, and some visas allow you to work full-time. Terms and conditions of your stay in Australia are mentioned in the visa grant notification letter.
What is Tax File Number (TFN) and Superannuation (Super)?
you pay tax on your earnings at the same rate as other residents
you're entitled to the benefits of the Australian tax system, such as
the tax-free threshold (or part of it, if you're here for only part of the financial year)
generally lower tax rates than a foreign resident.
How do I lodge tax return?
After the end of the Australian income year (30 June), you lodge an annual tax return to tell us how much income you received and tax you paid. ATO then sends you a notice of assessment and your tax refund if you're entitled to one. If you have earned more than $18,200 you will need to lodge a tax return at the end of the financial year. Individual tax rates can be found here.
you are a foreign resident and your only Australian-sourced income was interest, dividends or royalties from which non-resident withholding tax has been correctly withheld
you are a working holiday maker (417 or 462 visa holder) and your taxable income for the year is less than $37,001.
lodge online with myTax through myGov – this is the easiest and quickest way to lodge
complete a paper tax return form and mail it to ATO
use a registered tax agent.
How do I search for jobs in Australia?
The job market in Australia can be very competitive and your chances of securing a job will depend on several factors including skills, qualifications, field of work and the city of choice.
Work experience in Australia is invaluable so if you fail to find a job in your chosen field, don’t worry. Your priority should be on gaining local experience to improve your employability.
There are many ways to find work that fit your goals, including:
Company's career page
Notice boards on campus, shopping centres, community centres and local supermarkets
You can find more information on finding jobs here.
What do I need to do before I start a job?
Complete a TFN declaration - Before you start your job, your employer will ask you to complete a Tax file number declaration. Your employer uses the information to work out how much tax to withhold from your wages. They should also provide your TFN to your superannuation fund so it can accept your superannuation contributions and pay the correct tax on them. Never provide your TFN over internet or during job interview and only provide once you have commenced work. You must provide TFN within 28 days to your employer or else employer will need to deduct higher rate of tax from your salary.
Tax - Your employer deducts the tax and sends it to ATO. This is called "pay as you go witholding"
Superannuation entitlements - Superannuation (or 'super') is Australia's retirement savings system. As an international student or a temporary resident, your employer should pay super contributions for you just as they do for eligible Australian resident employees. It doesn't matter whether you work full time, part time or casually. Your employer must pay super contributions into a super fund on your behalf if you are paid A$450 (before tax) or more in a calendar month and you are either:
18 years or older and
work more than 30 hours per week.
Workplace rights - Everyone working in Australia has the same workplace rights under the National Employment Standards, including if you are here on a visa. The national minimum wage and National Employment Standards (NES) make up the minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees.
Cash payments and contractor payments - Some employers prefer to pay in cash instead of to a bank account. This is okay, provided they still:
deduct tax from the money they pay you
give you payslips showing how much tax has been deducted
pay super contributions on your behalf (if you're entitled to super).
What are my work rights?
Everyone including international students and working holiday visas have the same protections as any Australian in the workplace. It is important to know your workplace rights as an employee about things such as pay, working conditions and health and safety
What kind of work can I find in Australia?
The flexible hours and large number of opportunities in these industries make them ideal for students:
Retail - including supermarkets, department stores, boutiques
Hospitality - cafes, bars, restaurants, delivery
Farming and fruit-picking - seasonal work
Services – childcare, aged care and cleaning
Administration and clerical work