A note about definitions
The Ministerial Order broadly defines some terms.
For example, ‘child abuse’ is defined to capture the variety of conduct that constitutes child abuse and goes beyond child sexual abuse.
‘Child connected work’ is defined to capture the diverse activities and locations where schools have contact with children. The Ministerial Order defines it more broadly than in the Working with Children Act 2005.
See Definitions for a full explanation of the terms used in Ministerial Order No. 870.
How do the standards apply to an international student's living arrangements?
The standards apply to an international student’s living arrangements where:
International students aged under 18 can only enter Australia on Student Visas where:
CRICOS registered schools that issue a CAAW letter are accepting responsibility for the student’s ‘accommodation, support and general welfare’ arrangements, and must approve the student’s accommodation in either:
In Victoria, the student must be at least 13 years of age for a CAAW letter to be issued.
A CAAW letter retains responsibility for the student’s accommodation, support and general welfare from the student’s arrival in Australia until either:
VRQA approved SEOs that issue an AASES form are accepting responsibility for the student’s ‘accommodation, support and general welfare’ arrangements for the duration of the secondary student exchange program, and must approve the student’s placement in a local host family.
CRICOS registered schools and VRQA approved SEOs can engage commercial agencies and third parties to assist the school in exercising its responsibilities – but education providers and SEOs cannot delegate their CAAW or AASES responsibility to a student to any other entity.
Further information is available from the VRQA.