Students can apply to undertake two or more courses on their Student (subclass 500) visa where there is clear progression from one course to another. This is known as course packaging.
The final course that you will undertake as part of your package of courses is your main (or principal) course of study. Your main course of study will be used to determine your financial and English language evidentiary requirements.
To be granted a visa for the full duration of the packaged courses, you must provide confirmation that you are enrolled in all of the courses.
If your visa application includes a package of courses, you can only have less than two calendar months elapse between courses. The only exception to this is when the first course finishes at the end of the standard academic year and the next course commences at the beginning of the standard academic year.
For example, the academic year generally ends in November and starts again in February the following year, three to four months is an acceptable gap between courses.
A student visa for the full package will only be granted if the duration of the package does not exceed the maximum visa grant period.