For the purposes of the Census, an overseas student includes:
- A full-fee paying overseas student (FFPOS) who has been issued a Student visa in his/her own right. The child is the primary visa holder and can only be enrolled with a Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)-registered provider.
- A child who is a dependent under another family member’s Student visa. In this case, the other family member is the primary visa holder and will be enrolled in a course of study with a CRICOS–registered provider. As a dependent, the child has study rights under this family member’s Student visa and is considered to be a FFPOS.
Note: A school does not have to be CRICOS-registered to enrol a child who is a dependent under another family member’s Student visa. However, once a child is issued a Student visa in his/her own right, the child may only be enrolled with a CRICOS-registered provider.
- A child who is under a Bridging visa, but the substantive visa issued was a Student visa. Such a child may be a primary visa holder, or a dependent under someone else’s Student visa. Where a child’s visa status changes to now fall under a Bridging visa, the conditions of the substantive Student visa (including FFPOS status) continue to apply until the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) gives formal notification that a new visa category has been approved.
As of 1 July 2016, the Student visa subclass is 500.
Note: The visa subclasses 570 to 576, issued before 1 July 2016, will remain valid until the expiry date given when the visa was granted.
Schools with overseas students on a subclass 500 visa, or a 571 visa subclass issued before 1 July 2016, are required to be registered as a provider of courses for overseas students on CRICOS.
Students are required to be recorded on the Commonwealth’s Provider Registration and International Students Management System (PRISMS). Schools do this by the issuing of a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) at the time when an offer of enrolment is made. The student will submit the CoE to the DIBP to apply for their Student visa.
For the purposes of the Census, overseas students do not include:
- dependents of a person who is receiving a full sponsorship or scholarship to one of the institutions mentioned in section 4(1) of the Higher Education Funding Act 1988 (Cth). The sponsorship or scholarship has to meet the full cost of the education component of the course;
- a person, or dependent of a person, who is receiving a sponsorship or scholarship from the Commonwealth;
- students who are studying in Australia through a Queensland government-registered secondary student exchange organisation (that is, exchange students); or
- students enrolled at a school under a visa category other than a 500 or 571 student visa.
Information on condition of any visa subclass can be found at www.border.gov.au.
Exchange students are school-aged students participating in a secondary student exchange program with an exchange organisation that is registered by the Department. Such exchanges are a minimum of three months or one school term (whichever is shorter) and a maximum of 12 months.
Like FFPOS who enrol through a CRICOS-registered provider, exchange students will have a subclass 500 Student visa. Schools can, however, differentiate exchange students from FFPOSs through the Acceptance Advice for Secondary Exchange Students (AASES).
Exchange students are to be included as regular students if, immediately prior to the exchange, they were active in a classroom primary, secondary or special education program at a school which contributes to a Year 12 (or equivalent) certificate in their own country.
Recurrent grants cannot be paid in respect of a person who has completed their formal schooling in their own country.
Students on a short-term cultural visit (for example, students in Australia on a Tourist or Visitor’s visa for less than three months on a study tour, or in Australia for intensive English classes) are not eligible to be included in the Census.
Overseas students should only be included in the OVERSEAS STUDENTS section of the Census form, and should be excluded from all other sections.
The following students are not classed as overseas students and should be included as regular students in the other sections of the Census form:
- permanent residents of Australia;
- New Zealand and Norfolk Islander passport holders;
- overseas students in receipt of a sponsorship or scholarship from the Commonwealth; and
- exchange students who immediately before their exchange were not active in a classroom program which contributed towards a Year 12 (or equivalent) certificate in their own country.
Click on the link to watch a short vodcast explaining 'Overseas and Exchange Students'.
Last updated 1 February, 2018