Student visa conditions, Australia

Student (subclass 500) visa conditions

  • An explanation of each condition of this Student (subclass 500) visa is provided below.
  • 8105 – Work limitation
  • 8202 – Meet course requirements
  • 8501 – Maintain health insurance
  • 8516 – Must maintain eligibility
  • 8517 – Maintain education for dependants
  • 8532 – Under 18 approve welfare
  • 8533 – Inform provider of address

Maintain health insurance (visa condition 8501)
This condition means that you must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance(generally Overseas Student Health Cover) while you are in Australia. You must not enter Australia before your Overseas Student Health Cover has begun. You are not permitted to remain in Australia after your Overseas Student Health Cover has expired. If you are a student from Norway, Belgium or Sweden you may not need to maintain Overseas Student

Health Cover.
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Work limitation (visa condition 8105)
This condition means that you must not engage in any work before your course of study commences. You are also not permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight when you are in Australia when your course of study is in session.

Note the 40 hour requirement does not apply if you are engaged in work that was specified as a requirement of the course when the course particulars were entered into the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students and the student visa was granted for a masters degree by research or doctoral degree.

Meet course requirements (visa condition 8202)
This condition means that you must be enrolled in a full-time course and satisfy the course requirements of your enrolment including the course level, course progress and course attendance. Unless you are a Defense, Foreign Affairs or secondary exchange student, the course you are undertaking must be a registered course with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

The course you are undertaking must give you a qualification from the Australian Qualifications Framework that is at the same level or higher level than the course mentioned in your grant letter.

For more information about the Australian Qualification Framework:

Must maintain eligibility (visa condition 8516)
This condition means that you must continue to maintain your eligibility as a person who would satisfy the criteria for the grant of your visa.

Maintain education for dependants (visa conditions 8517)
This condition means that you must ensure that adequate schooling arrangements are maintained for your school age dependants who will be in Australia for more than three months on the visa.

Under 18 approve welfare (visa condition 8532)
This condition means that you must maintain adequate accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements. You are not permitted to change those arrangements without the approval of your education provider. This should be in writing. You are not allowed to enter Australia before the date specified by your education provider.

Inform education provider of address (visa condition 8533)
This condition means that you must notify your education provider within seven days after arriving in Australia of your residential address (if you were outside of Australia at time of grant). In all cases, you are also required to notify them of any change to your residential address in Australia within seven days after the change.

If you intend to change education provider you are required to notify your former education provider within seven days after receiving an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) or other evidence of enrolment.

Australian working conditions

Workplace rights

Pay rates and workplace conditions are set by Australian law. All people working in Australia, including those from overseas, have rights and protections at work. These cannot be taken away by contracts or agreements.

If you have questions about your pay and conditions while in Australia, you can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for free information, resources and advice.

Visit for information for visa holders and international students. This includes information in 27 languages.

You can also contact the Fair Work Ombudsman by phone within Australia on 13 13 94 (Translating and Interpreting Service 13 14 50).

Your minimum pay rate can come from an award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement, or the national minimum wage. Employees have to be paid the right pay rate for all hours they work including training, team meetings, opening and closing the business and doing a trial shift.

National minimum wage

Certain employees may have different pay entitlements depending on whether they have a reduced work capacity because of disability if they are under the age of 21 or if they are an apprentice or trainee. You can calculate your correct pay and entitlements using the Pay and Conditions Tool at

More information on employment in Australia is available on our website and on the website of the Department of Jobs and Small Business

Tax file number
To receive an income in Australia, you need a Tax File Number (TFN). Income includes wages or salary from a job, government payments and income from investments. For more information or to apply for a TFN online, go to the Australian Taxation Office website

Information pack on domestic and family violence, sexual assault and forced marriage
The Australian Government has developed a family safety pack with information on Australia’s laws regarding domestic and family violence, sexual assault, and forced marriage. The family safety pack also includes important information about essential services and emergency contacts in Australia. This information can be found at

Character requirements
Entering or remaining in Australia is a privilege. You must obey the law and not engage in criminal activity. Your visa may be canceled for a number of reasons, including if you have a substantial criminal record or behave in a way that is a risk to somebody in the Australian community.

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Polio vaccinations
On 5 May 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General declared the international spread of wild type poliovirus to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern under the International Health Regulations (IHR). Since 5 May 2014, if you have spent 28 days or more in one or any combination of countries listed under the Endemic and Outbreak categories on the Global Polio Eradication Initiative website, we encourage you to have a polio vaccination before departing for Australia. Having the vaccination will also assist in eradicating the spread of polio.

More information and a link to the list of countries is available on our website

To obtain the maximum benefit in assisting with the eradication of the spread of polio, it is advisable to have the vaccination at least four weeks before your travel.

Update Home Affairs
You are required to tell us about any changes to your details as soon as possible. These changes may include your name, passport, contact details, address or family members.

If you do not notify us of your new details, this can have serious consequences for you.

You must do this in writing and can use Form 1022 Notification of changes in circumstances

(Section 104 of the Migration Act 1958), which is available at All forms

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