Overseas Students Health Cover

Australia has a special system of health cover for international students called Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). You will need to buy OSHC before you come to Australia to cover you from when you arrive. The Department of Home Affairs requires you to maintain OSHC for the duration of your time on a student visa in Australia. Membership of any health insurance scheme in your home country does not exempt you from having OSHC. Exemptions are only available if you are a Norwegian student covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme: a Swedish student covered by the National Board of Student Aid or by Kammarkollegiet; or a Belgian student covered under the Reciprocal Health Care Agreement with Australia.

On acceptance of a course offer, all international students must pay a fee for health insurance in accordance with the length of their course. Students must be covered by OSHC from the day they arrive in Australia, until the end date of their visa. It is your responsibility, however, to ensure that your OSHC is up-to-date once the initial coverage expires after one year. We can help to arrange your private health insurance (OHSC) from amongst several providers of OSHC in Australia, for the duration of your study. Visit these websites to find detailed information on what they cover and to decide which provider is right for you.

Australia Alliance

Your OSHC will help you pay for any medical or hospital care you may need while you’re studying in Australia and it will contribute towards the cost of most prescription medicines, and an ambulance in an emergency.



Most student visas allow you to bring your family members to Australia as your dependants. As a prospective International student, you are required to enrol any of your school-age dependants in Australian government or non-government schools and pay full fees for their study. You will also need to provide OSHC membership for your family. Please check with Department of Home Affairs about bringing your family as there are certain restrictions depending on the assessment level of your country.

Study vs Work hours

You can work in paid employment for no more than 40 hours a fortnight provided that work does not interfere with you studies. Classes run across seven days and between 8.00am and 9:30pm. You will generally be expected to attend the college three days a week for around seven hours per day. During the official holidays you can work full time. Please see https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au for more information.

Tax File Number

After you have your student visa you can apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). This ensures that the correct amount of tax is deducted from your earnings. It also allows you to claim a refund at the end of the financial year. Most of the students who work part time are eligible for a refund.

For more details kindly visit www.ato.gov.au


Before travelling to Australia, we strongly recommend that students read the Pre-Departure/Pre-Arrival Guide. This Guide provides detailed information about your travel.

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