Individuals and Travellers

Student visa conditions

The table below describes the conditions that apply to all student visa holders.

Conditions that apply to all student visa holders
Condition number Who this applies to Description
8105All students 

You cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight when your course is in session (other than work which has been registered as a part of the course). A fortnight means any period of 14 days commencing on a Monday and ending at the end of the second following Sunday. 

You can work for more than 40 hours per fortnight during recognised vacation periods offered by your education provider.

You cannot start paid work until you have started your course in Australia.

No work limits apply if you are studying a Masters by research or Doctorate course in Australia.

8202 All studentsYou must remain enrolled in a registered course (unless you are a Foreign Affairs or Defence sponsored student or secondary exchange student in which case you must maintain full-time enrolment in your course of study or training).
Note: A registered course is one that is on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).


You must maintain enrolment in a registered course that is the same level as, or at a higher level than, the registered course for which you were granted a visa. See: Changing courses

You must maintain satisfactory attendance in your course and course progress for each study period as required by your education provider.

8501 All students You must maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance during your stay in Australia.
Note: Under policy, you must maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
8516 All students

You must continue to satisfy the requirements for grant of your student visa. This means, for example, that you continue to have sufficient financial capacity to support your study and stay in Australia.

8517 All students

You must maintain adequate schooling arrangements for your school-age dependents who joined you in Australia for more than 3 months as part of your student visa application.

8532 All studentsIf you are younger than 18 years of age, you must have  accommodation and support, and your general welfare must be maintained for the duration of your stay in Australia.

To maintain your welfare, you must stay in Australia with:

  • your parent or legal custodian
    or
  • a relative who has been nominated by your parents or custodians who is aged over 21 and is of good character
    or
  • have accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements in place that have been approved by your education provider.

You must not change your arrangements without the written approval of your education provider.

If your welfare arrangements are approved by your education provider you must not travel to Australia until your welfare arrangements start.
8533 All studentsYou must tell your education provider:
  • the address where you live in Australia within seven days of arriving in Australia
  • if you change the address where you live within seven days of the change
  • if you change education provider within seven days of receiving the electronic confirmation of enrolment certificate or evidence of enrolment.
8535 DFAT/Defence sponsored studentsWhile you remain in Australia, you are not entitled to be granted a further substantive visa, other than:
  • a protection visa
  • a Student visa (subclass 500) granted on the basis of support from the Commonwealth government or a foreign government.

Note: The effect of this visa condition is that, except in extremely limited circumstances, it will not be possible for you to remain in Australia beyond the date authorised by your visa.

8203All Iranian citizens studying higher education or postgraduate courses You must not change your course of study, or your thesis or research topic, unless approval is given by the Department after it has obtained an assessment from the competent Australian authorities. If you are considering changing your thesis, major or research topic you must complete Form 1221 - Additional personal particulars information (PDF 290KB) and submit to Adelaide.student.centre@border.gov.au. Your subject line must be '8203/8204 assessment'.
8204 All Iranian citizens studying higher education or postgraduate courses We must grant approval for you to start or change a:
  • graduate certificate
  • graduate diploma
  • master’s degree
  • doctorate
  • a bridging course that is a prerequisite to a course of study or research for a master degree or a doctorate.
You must not start or change course unless we have given approval and we have obtained an assessment from competent Australian authorities. If you are considering changing your course, you must complete Form 1221 - Additional personal particulars information (PDF 290KB) and submit to Adelaide.student.centre@border.gov.au. Your subject line must be 8203/8204 assessment.

The table below describes the conditions that might be attached to a student visa. You can find your visa conditions in VEVO.

Conditions that might be attached to a student visa
No. Who this might apply toDescription
8303Any student You must not be involved in activities that are disruptive to, or in violence threaten harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.
8534Any student

While you remain in Australia, you are not entitled to be granted a further substantive visa, other than:

  • a protection visa
  • a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485)
  • a Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).

8535Students sponsored by the Commonwealth or a foreign government

while you remain in Australia, you are not entitled to be granted a further substantive visa, other than:

  • a protection visa
  • a Student visa (subclass 500) granted on the basis of support from the Commonwealth government or a foreign government

Note: The effect of this visa condition is that, except in extremely limited circumstances, it will not be possible for you to remain in Australia beyond the date authorised by your visa.

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