Welfare arrangements for international students under 18 years

International students under 18 years of age and travelling to Australia on a student visa must have approved welfare arrangements in place.

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If you are applying for a student visa to study in Australia and you are under 18 years of age, you must have adequate welfare arrangements in place before you arrive. Read more about these requirements on the Department of Home Affairs website.

If you are considering alternative welfare arrangements over the December-January holiday period due to the recent COVID‑19 travel restrictions a some frequently asked questions are available to help students and education providers make decisions about appropriate visa and welfare arrangements.

Instructions for education provider who need advice on how to reflect the changed welfare arrangements in the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) can be found in the news item on PRISMS, or for any questions, contact the PRISMS helpdesk on prisms@dese.gov.au.