Department of Home Affairs Information: for student visa holders in Australia.

Dear Students,

Please find below useful information from the Department of Home Affairs. 

1. Extending student visa: Apply for a new student visa six weeks before the current one expires. No need to provide evidence of the impacts of COVID-19 with your Student visa application. https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa/australia

2. Working in Australia:

  • Course out of sessions: They can work unlimited hours
  • Studying online: They can work  up to 40 hours fortnightly while the course is in session
  • Course deferred: They can work more than 40 hours fortnightly
  • Nursing Students: Can work more than 40 hours fortnightly while the course is in session
  • Supermarkets: Students can work more than 40 hours fortnightly while the course is in session

3. Traveling from overseas:  https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa/overseas

  • From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia
  • Applying for visa: Visa application may be delayed until travel restrictions are lifted.
  • Unable to return to Australia: Contact education provider for deferral 
  • Studying online: No need for a visa if you are overseas and studying online with an Australian education providers

 

Travelling from overseas

From 9pm AEDT 20 March 2020, only Australian citizens, residents and immediate family members can travel to Australia.

All people entering Australia must self-isolate for 14 days either at home or in a hotel.

  • You may board a domestic flight to your intended destination in Australia to self-isolate there.
  • If you are well and not symptomatic, you may self-isolate in a hotel.
  • If travellers do not comply with their 14 day self-isolation requirements, they may face a range of penalties that exist in each State or Territory.

Restrictions in place until: Further notice.

Exemptions to travel restrictions

The following people can travel to Australia.

Australian citizens

You can come to Australia. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel.

Australians are advised not to travel overseas. Australian's overseas should return home as soon as possible. For further information see Smartraveller.

Permanent residents of Australia

You can come to Australia. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel. For advice on travelling outside of Australia see Smartraveller.

New Zealand citizens usually resident in Australia

You can come to Australia. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel. You must carry proof of residency (driver's licence or documents in relation to your residency).

Immediate family members of Australian citizens and permanent residents

In this case, immediate family means:

  • spouses
  • dependents
  • legal guardians

Without visa - You can't come to Australia until you have a visa. Apply for a visa and include proof (such as your marriage certificate, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children). If we let you travel, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel.

With a temporary visa - (except for Partner and Child visa holders) - Attach proof (such as your marriage certificate, evidence of your de-facto relationship such as shared finances or property, your birth certificate or birth certificate for your children) and submit this form. Do not travel until we advise that you can. If we let you travel, you will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel.

Partner and Child visa holders (except Prospective Marriage visa holders) can come to Australia. You will need to self-isolate for 14 days, at home or in a hotel.

Updated: 01/04/2020

More info: https://covid19.homeaffairs.gov.au/student-visa/australia