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6.1 - Domestic students
For the purposes of HESA, domestic student is defined as a student who is not an overseas student.
An overseas student under HESA is a person who:
- is not an Australian citizen; and
- is enrolled, or proposes to become enrolled in:
- a course of study with a higher education provider; or
- a unit of study access to which was provided by Open Universities Australia
but an overseas student does not include:
- a person entitled to stay in Australia, or enter and stay in Australia, without any limitation (including holders of an Australian permanent visa)
- a New Zealand citizen; or
- a diplomatic or consular representatives of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative, or a spouse, de facto partner (within the meaning of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901) or dependent relative of such a representative [HESA subclause (1) to Schedule 1].
When considering this last dot point, providers must also consider subclause (2) of Schedule 1 to HESA for further clarification.
6.2 - Overseas students
An overseas student (within the definition set by HESA) must pay overseas student fees. Students who are in Australia on a temporary visa, including a temporary protection visa, are overseas students.