Guidelines for international education

Guidelines for enrolling overseas students

All schools and school boarding premises that have full fee-paying students on student visas (subclass 500) must meet certain requirements for their accommodation.

A school must make all reasonable enquiries and be satisfied that the student will be at least 13 years of age at the time of commencing in homestay accommodation before:

  • entering an agreement or arrangement for the provision of homestay accommodation to an international student; or
  • issuing a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation Welfare (CAAW) form to the Department of Home Affairs in circumstances where homestay accommodation will be provided to an international student.

The Guidelines supplement and clarify the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code).

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Guidelines for student exchange programs

For information and guidelines regarding student exchange programs and organisations, see: