For Under 18 Students

Helpful guides and policies for current and future International Students in Australia

Policies for Students below 18 years old

The Department of Home Affairs must be satisfied that appropriate welfare arrangements are in place for under-18 students before a visa is granted. It is also required to maintain appropriate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements for the period that the student will be under 18 years old while in Australia. Unable to maintain this requirement may result in the cancellation of a student visa.

Students under 18 years of age (16 or 17 years old) can apply for our ELICOS and Vocational courses.

For further information please visit:

https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500/welfare-arrangements-students-under-18

Option 1: Accommodation and welfare approved by the Department of Home Affairs (arranged by parents/legal guardian)

The person eligible to be nominated to take responsibility for the student’s accommodation, welfare and support is identified as below:

SSC will not issue a CAAW letter when the eligible person nominated to take responsibility for the overseas student’s welfare as per the Migration Regulation 1994 is approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

If you choose option 1 then you must provide the following documents/information for South Sydney College (SSC) record purposes:

Option 2: Accommodation and welfare approved by South Sydney College (SSC)

SSC has approved welfare carer service and homestay providers. The student must have an arrangement with the approved welfare carer service and homestay providers.

SSC will issue a ‘Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare’ letter (CAAW) which can be used for an application for a student visa. In the case where the under 18 years age overseas student wishes to arrive in Australia earlier than the commencement date on his/her CAAW, the student must be accompanied by a nominated guardian approved by the Department of Home Affairs.

If the underage overseas student is unaccompanied, SSC must agree to extend its period of approved care arrangements to cover the student from the date of his/her arrival or the student must not travel to Australia until the CAAW commencement date.

Step 1. Contact SSC Admission for welfare and accommodation services:

Parents/guardians or nominated agents should contact SSC Admission team ([email protected]), who will help you with the application of welfare and accommodation providers.

The SSC approved welfare provider is: ISA Student Advocates (www.studentguardians.com) and the Australian Homestay Network AHN, with whom we are partners: https://www.homestaynetwork.org/south-sydney-college-students/

Step 2. Setup and approval welfare and accommodation services:

SSC Admission team will guide you to set up and approval of the accommodation and welfare services.

Step 3. Issue CAAW:

When the approved accommodation and welfare arrangements are in place. SSC will issue a ‘Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare’ letter (CAAW) which can be used for an application for a student visa. ​

The SSC Student Support team ([email protected]) will be managing the accommodation and welfare arrangements for under 18’s during their study at SSC. If you require further information about under 18 years age student’s welfare and accommodation or any other services, please contact our office: [email protected]