Student Visa Requirements
Satisfactory Attendance: As an International Student, you are required by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to maintain satisfactory attendance as set by your education provider. It is Hillsong College’s policy that you are to attend all classes that you are enrolled in. If you fail to maintain your attendance as required, you will be suspended and reported to DIBP, which will affect your student visa. It is your responsibility to record your attendance by scanning your Student ID card at the available electronic scanners before every class. For further details regarding attendance requirements, please see Attendance.
Satisfactory Academic Performance: Students are required to successfully progress through their course (Refer to Course Progress Policy). If students do not meet both of these requirements they will be suspended from classes and will be reported to DIBP.
You must also notify the College within 7 days of change of contact details. This is a requirement set by DIBP and failure to do so is in breach of your visa conditions
A working permit is automatically granted when you receive your student visa. International Students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during the school term, and unlimited hours during college breaks.
Tax File Number (TFN)
To work in Australia you need to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). If you do not have an Australian TFN already, simply fill out the form “Tax file number application or enquiry” available at enrolment or from the Australian Taxation Office [ph: 13 2861]. You will need to show proof of identity (this is listed on the form).
To apply, you will need your completed tax file number application and proof of identity (ie. passports, birth certificates etc). You may lodge your application as follows;
City: 100 Market St, Sydney OR
Hurstville: 1st floor, MacMahon Plaza, 14-16 Woodville St
Parramatta: Commonwealth Offices, 2 – 12 Macquarie St
(To get to Parramatta, catch the bus to Seven Hills or Blacktown train station and catch the train to Parramatta. It is then a short walk from the station.)
To: Australian Taxation Office
GPO Box 9990, Sydney NSW 2001 OR
PO Box 9990, Hurstville NSW 2220
PO Box 422, Parramatta NSW 2123
Note: The College strongly suggests that you apply for your TFN in person as we do not recommend posting your passport except through registered mail.
Overseas Student Health Cover
International students* are required to pay for health cover (Overseas Student Health Cover – OSHC) as a part of visa requirements. This is paid as a part of the initial fee payment to confirm your place in the course, as outlined in your Offer of Place Letter.
Hillsong College partners with NIB to provide students with OSHC. The College will set up a policy in your name before you arrive, and your NIB Membership Card will be available for your collection within the first two weeks of the semester
For information on coverage provided, please visit www.nib.com.au/oshc. Please note that all payments need to be made through the College for visa purposes.
* Norwegian & Swiss students may be exempt from OSHC due to a reciprocal arrangement between governments (please ensure that you have written evidence from your own health cover provider to this effect).
There are many banks to choose from, and various branches are available within reasonable distances from both the Hills and City campuses. In the past, St George and Westpac have had charge-free student accounts. The charges on a bank account can be costly and vary between banks, so find out about these charges before opening an account. It will cost you more if you use an ATM which is not run by your bank (up to $2.00 per transaction). Many banks charge you for taking money out, even from their own machines and tellers. Therefore, try and open a charge-free student account.
To open a bank-account, you will need:
You must open an account within six weeks of arriving in Australia or else banks will require Australian ID.
Transferring to Another Provider
If, as an international student, you are enrolled at HILC and you wish to transfer your enrolment to another registered provider within six months of your primary course at HILC, the following process will be followed:
If the proposed transfer is not detrimental you, or a result of unethical recruitment practices, then the transfer will be allowed.
If you have already completed six months in your course of study with HILC, you do not need to go through the above process. You will, however, need to go through the normal Withdrawal process (see Withdrawal section in this Handbook).