The Department of Industry regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with International Students studying in Australia on student Visas through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework
The ESOS framework is designed to protect the interests of International Students by outlining standards, roles and responsibilities for education institutions which teach International Students, along with providing tuition and financial assurance for students. Bond University adheres to the principles and guidelines of the ESOS Framework.
Student visa regulations
The following is a summary of the regulations regarding your Student Visa. You must understand and comply with these regulations, as Bond University is legally obliged to report any Student Visa breach to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) within 14 days of the breach and your Student Visa may be cancelled.
As your Education Provider, we maintain all information regarding contact information (s21 ESOS Act, 2000) academic records and enrolment status (ESOS 2001, regulation 4.01).
It is your responsibility to ensure any information held by Bond University is up-to-date and that you comply with all relevant regulations. Failure to comply with any of the following could result in your visa being cancelled.
Residential address – student visa condition – 8533
You are required to provide Bond University with your Australian residential/contact address within 7 days of arriving in Australia, and any address changes you may have while residing in Australia. This CANNOT be a post office box; it must be a physical residential address.
How to ensure compliance: Use eStudent to update your current Australian address to in the Current Address section within 7 days of any changes.
Full time enrolment – student visa condition – 8202
In order for you to complete your program within the duration specified on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) you must be enrolled in a full time study load each semester.
Please note: Awarding of credit may result in your CoE duration being reduced by one or more semesters.
As an undergraduate student, you must be enrolled in 40 credit points (4 subjects) per semester. The only exception being in the event of special circumstances, and you have specified approval from your Faculty in conjunction with the Student Business Centre.
Master’s degree programs require a study load of either 30 or 40 credit points (3 to 4 subjects) per semester, as specified by your degree. For example – the Juris Doctor program requires a study load of 40 credit points per semester. The only exception being in the event of special circumstances, and you have specified approval from your Faculty in conjunction with the Student Business Centre.
A full-time study load for students enrolled in the above programs is 40 credit points (4 subjects) per semester. The only exception being in the event of special circumstances, and you have specified approval from your Faculty in conjunction with the Student Business Centre.
How to ensure compliance: maintain a full-time enrolment in all semesters. If you have concerns about subject availability, or believe you may have compelling or compassionate circumstances, please contact your Program Advisor.
Each semester, Bond University Academic Performance regulations require you to meet academic progression regulations outlined in Part 2 – Academic Regulations of the University Handbook.
How to ensure compliance: Your Academic Advisor can assist you in planning your academic program, and if you are ‘At Risk’ of being excluded, you are likely to be eligible for a specified university intervention.
Interventions are designed to assist you in getting back on track academically and may include a number of measures, such as a reduction in your study load.
Overseas health cover – student visa condition – 8501
Bond’s preferred provider of OSHC is Allianz Global Assistance (Tel: 13 OSHC (136742).
It is your responsibility to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover for the duration of your Student Visa. The Bond University International Team can assist you in renewing your health cover with Allianz Global Assistance. Alternatively, you can visit the on-campus Allianz Global Assistance representative in the Student Business Centre to renew your OSHC or to provide claims assistance.
Please Note: All Student Visa applicants for all student visa subclasses must provide evidence to DIBP of OSHC for the entire estimated duration of their visa. TU 574 (Post Graduate Research) applications lodged on or after 5 November, 2011 are eligible for an additional six-month visa length. This is to allow six months for the marking of a thesis, and students must show OSHC it is included in expected visa duration.
On-campus Allianz Global Assistance representative times:
Monday – 9:00 am to 12 pm*
Wednesday – 1 pm to 4 pm*
*Please contact the Student Business Centre for any OSHC representative time variations (tel: 5595 4049)
Deferral/Leave of absence
You can apply to defer or take a Leave of Absence from your studies for up to three semesters (subject to university approval). To apply, you must complete the relevant LOA form and submit it to the Student Business Centre.
Permission to work – student visa condition – 8101
If you were granted a student visa on or after April 26, 2008, you already have Permission to Work automatically included with your visa. Further information about the conditions that apply to working while studying is available from the immigration website.
You are entitled to work a MAXIMUM of 40 hours per fortnight whilst on a Student Visa. During official semester break, you have unlimited work hours.
You must obtain a Tax File Number to work in Australia. This is available from the Australian Tax Office.
Applying for a further student visa
It is a requirement that International Students complete their studies within the time specified on their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). If you have not been able to complete your degree within the timeframe allowed on your current Student Visa, you will need to apply for a new Student Visa.
Information on how to apply for a further student visa is available on the to Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website.
Bond University will supply you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and assist in organising your OSHC that you will need for your subsequent Visa application.
To obtain a new CoE, please complete and submit a “Request for Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment” form available at the Student Business Centre.
Your request for a CoE will be assessed against your enrolment history and visa compliance. When approved, the new CoE will be emailed to your Bond University student email account.
Your student visa is valid only while you are studying in Australia. As a graduating student, you will no longer be enrolled and depending on your intentions to stay or leave Australia, you may need to seek advice from DIBP on your required departure date or further visa application timeframe.