The Department of Industry regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislative framework.
The ESOS framework is designed to protect the interests of overseas students by setting out standards, roles and responsibilities for education institutions that teach overseas students, as well as providing tuition and financial assurance for students. Bond University adhers to the principles and guidelines of the ESOS Framework.
Student Visa Regulations
The following is a summary of the regulations regarding your Student Visa. It is important you understand and comply with these regulations as Bond University is legally obliged to report any Student Visa breach to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) within 14 days of a breach and your Student Visa may be cancelled.
As your Education Provider we maintain all information regarding your address details (s21 ESOS Act 2000), academic records and enrolment status (ESOS 2001 regulation 4.01).
It is your responsibility to ensure that any information held by Bond University is up to date and that you comply with all relevant regulations. Failure to comply with any of the following could result in your visa being cancelled.
Residential Address – Student Visa Condition - 8533
You are required to provide Bond University with your Australian residential/contact address within 7 days of arriving in Australia and any address changes that you may have whilst residing in Australia. This CANNOT be a post office box; it must be a physical residential address.
How to ensure compliance: use eStudent to update your current Australian address in the contact address section within 7 days of any changes.
Full Time Enrolment– Student Visa Condition 8202
In order for you to complete your program within the duration specified on your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) you must be enrolled in a full-time study load each semester.
Please Note: Awarding of credit may result in your CoE duration being reduced by one or more semesters.
For undergraduate students you must be enrolled in 40 credit points per semester - (4 subjects per semester). The only exception to this is where special circumstances exits and you have specified approval from your faculty in conjunction with student administration.
Master's degree programs may require a study load of either 30 or 40 credit points per semester - (3 or 4 subjects per semester) as specified for your degree. For example - The Juris Doctor program requires a study load of 40 credit points per semester. The only exception to this, is where special circumstances exits and you have specified approval from your faculty in conjunction with student administration.
Postgraduate Diplomas, Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas
A full-time study load for students enrolled in the above programs is generally 40 credit points per semester - (4 subjects per semester). The only exception to this is where special circumstances exits and you have specified approval from your faculty in conjunction with student administration.
How to ensure compliance: Maintain full time enrolment in all semesters. If you have concerns about subject availability or you believe you may have compelling or compassionate circumstances please contact your Program Adviser.
Each semester Bond University Academic Performance regulations require you to meet academic progression regulations as outlined in Part 2 – Academic Regulations of the University Handbook.
How to ensure compliance: Your Academic Adviser can assist you in planning your academic program and if you are 'At Risk' of being excluded you are likely to be eligible for a specified university intervention. Interventions are designed to assist you to get back on track academically and may include a number of measures including a reduction in your study load.
Overseas Health Cover – Student Visa Condition - 8501
Bond’s preferred provider of OSHC is Allianz Global Assistance (telephone: 13 OSHC (136742) or Website: www.oshcallianzassistance.com.au).
It is your responsibility to maintain Overseas Student Health Cover for the entire duration of your student visa. The Bond University International team can assist you in renewing your health cover with Allianz Global Assistance. Alternatively you can visit the on-campus Allianz Global Assistance representative in Student Administration to renew your OSHC or provide claims assistance.
Please Note: All student visa applicants for all student visa subclasses must provide evidence to DIAC of OSHC for the entire estimated duration of their visa. TU 574 (Post Graduate Research) applications lodged on or after 5 November 2011 will be eligible for an additional six months visa length. This is to allow six months for the marking of a thesis and students must show OSHC that includes this expected visa duration.
On-campus Allianz Global Assistance representative times:
Monday: 9.00am to 12.00pm*
Wednesday: 1.00pm to 4.00pm*
* Please contact student administration for any OSHC representative time variations. (5595 4049).
Deferral / Leave of Absence
You can apply to defer or take a Leave of absence in your studies for ONE SEMESTER ONLY (subject to university approval). To apply you must complete the relevant form and submit it to student administration.
You must have DIAC defined Compelling or Compassionate Circumstances to be approved for deferral of studies. Your reason for deferral MUST be supported by original documentation. If appropriate documentation is not supplied, your deferral application will not be approved. Where approved you may return offshore for your period of deferral or in very limited circumstances you may be eligible to remain in Australia during a period of deferral e.g. major medical conditions supported by original documentation. If approved, student administration will withdraw you from studies & advise DIAC of your period of deferral. DIAC may still contact you regarding the circumstances of your deferral.
Leave of Absence
In other circumstance you can apply to take a period of Leave of Absence (LOA). A Leave of Absence may not require original documentation however on approval you will be withdrawn from studies and will no longer be meeting the 8202 condition of your student visa. This means you are required to leave Australia during this period of non enrolment to maintain compliance with your student visa conditions.
DIAC will monitor your exit and entry to Australia to ensure student visa compliance. Student Administration will advise DIAC of non enrolment period of studies
During periods of LOA in most cases it is likely that DIAC will not cancel your student visa. However DIAC holds discretionary powers that allows it to cancel your student visa during any period of LOA. Therefore you will need to check the validity of your visa for travel. Your period of LOA will mean that it is likely you will have to apply for a further visa either prior to retuning to study or in the future to allow you to complete studies. You can check the validity of your student visa for travel via the Visa Entitlement Verification Online ( VEVO) service on the DIAC website.
Prior to returning to study you should also re-enrol and apply for a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). You can re-enrol via e-student. You can contact the International team within Student Administration to apply for your new CoE.
How to ensure compliance:
- Discuss your impending Deferral/LOA with your Program Adviser
- Complete and lodge the Deferral/LOA form with any original supporting documentation at Student Administration
- Leave Australia - as required for periods of non enrolment
- Check your visa validity for travel via VEVO before returning to study
- Enrol and apply for a CoE for your return to study.
Please Note: All withdrawals are subject to the normal University withdrawal timelines and penalties.
Permission To Work – Student Visa Condition - 8101
If you were granted a Student visa on or after 26 April 2008, you will already have Permission to Work automatically included with your visa. Further information about the conditions that apply to working while studying is available from the immigration website. You are entitled to work a MAXIMUM of 40 hours per fortnight whilst on a Student Visa. During official semester breaks you have unlimited work hours.
You must obtain a Tax File Number to be able to work in Australia. This is available from the Australian Tax Office www.ato.gov.au
Applying For a Further Student Visa
It is now a requirement that international students complete their studies within the time specified on their Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE). If you have not been able to complete your degree within the timeframe allowed on your current Student Visa you will need to apply for a new Student Visa.
Information on how to apply for a further student visa is available on the DIAC website.
Bond University will supply you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and assist in organising your OSHC which you will need for your subsequent Visa application.
To obtain a new CoE Please complete and submit a “Request for Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)” form available at Student Administration. Your request for a CoE will be assessed against your enrolment history and visa compliance. When approved the new CoE will be emailed to your Bond University student email account.
Your student visa is valid only while you are studying in Australia. As a graduating student you will no longer be enrolled and depending on your intentions to stay or leave Australia you may need to seek advice from DIAC on your required departure date or further visa application timeframe.