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					                                  CRICOS Provi der Code: 02975F
       1/505 High Street PENRITH, NSW 2750 Australia Tel: +612 4732 5088 Fax: +612 4732 4344
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                                        ABN: 34 112 579 889

                             Pre Arrival Information Package
This Pre Arrival pack is designed to assist you in organising and preparing for your arrival to Sydney.
Astute Training wishes you well in your travel to Sydney. For further information about Astute Training
please visit:

Campus Locati on
Astute Training has its campus located in High Street, Penrith. You can get to Astute Training by train. If
If you travel by train get off at Penrith Stat ion.
Campus Location: 1/ 505 High Street, PENRITH, NSW, 2750.
Ph: + 61 2 4737 5088 Fax + 61 2 4737 4344

Pre Departure Checklist
As you prepare to depart your country for Astute Training Sydney, you may use this checklist to ensure you
are adequately prepared for your journey.

Please ensure you bring the following documents with you to Australia
     Current and valid passport
     Current Student Visa OR other valid Australian Student Visa
     Exit visa (fro m your country, if necessary)
     Passport size photographs
     Medical records, vaccination records, doctor’s prescription of any med ication that you are
         currently prescribed
     Confirmat ion of Enrolment fro m CBC
     Receipt/s of payment made to CBC ID card (driver’s license, birth cert ificate)
     Cred it card, Travellers cheques, AUD$600 in cash
     Transcripts, certificates and course syllabuses of any study undertaken by you
     Work experience cert ificates and résumé
     Marriage certificate if you are bringing your spouse with you or intend to bring spouse to
     If you have children, their b irth certificates, academic transcripts

School age dependants
If you are intending to come to Australia with school age dependants, you will be required to pay the full
fees for their co mpulsory schooling.

What you need to org anise before you leave your country
    Apply for and be granted a valid Australian Student Visa
    Book air travel and arrange to arrive in Sydney one week before classes commence in order to
       participate in the Orientation program. Impo rtant information that will help in your adjustment to
       the new environment will be given during Orientation
    Co mplete all med ical examinations and dental checks. Dental treat ment is not covered by
       Overseas Student Health Cover (Health insurance), and is an expensive treatment in Australia
    Book and confirm temporary accommodation before arrival in Sydney

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Check List of Clothing to Bring With You
    In summer most people wear light cotton clothes whereas in winter people wear slacks, a jacket/
       sweater/ coat and closed shoes. It is advisable that you bring suitable clothes with you
    Please organise to bring with you clothes for winter such as thermals (special clothes designed to
       retain body heat), winter jacket to keep you warm fro m cold and wind , wool socks, wool scarf,
       sweat shirt and slacks
    Shoes – a pair of black leather shoes, pair of slippers/sandals, pair of sports shoes
    Bed linen and a light blanket – quilt
    Umbrella, raincoat & torch

Climate in Sydney
The four seasons in Sydney are listed below:
      Summer is fro m 01 December to 28 February
      Autumn is fro m 01 March to 31 May
      Winter is fro m 01 June to 31 August
      Spring is fro m 01 September to 30 November.
Rain can be expected anytime through the year. So metimes there are light showers and at other times
thunderstorms. In su mmer day temperatures can exceed 35 degrees Celsius and in winter the average day
temperatures (June/ July) is 16 degrees Celsius. For fu rther info rmation regard ing climate in Sydney please
refer to:

Cost of Li ving in Sydney
It is strongly recommended that you organise to bring with you enough funds to support you at least during
the first semester. Finding accommodation, applying for work permit, taking care of household chores and
adjusting to a new study environment can take up your time. Therefore it may not be easy to find a job in
the first few weeks or months upon arrival in Sydney. You should allow ap pro ximately AUD $12,000 for
liv ing expenses for each year of study. Please note that there will be additional costs for dependents.

Average weekly living expenses in Sydney
     Accommodation (sharing) $150 per week (will depend on suburb you live in)
     Food/ Groceries $ 50 per week
     Travel $ 30 per week (will depend on distance travelled)
     Phone / other bills $ 10 per week
     Eating out $ 30 per week (will depend on which place you choose to eat)
     Miscellaneous $ 50
     Average expenditure is $ 320 per week

Establishment (initial) cost of shared accommodation in Sydney
     Rent per person/week $150
     Bond - One month rent in advance
     Bond refunded on leaving provided there is no damage $400
     2 weeks rent in advance $200
     Electricity ($120), gas ($120) and telephone ($50 - 300)
     Connection fees $290 - $540
     Household items $600

Approximate total cost: $1590 - $ 2040
Other costs
     Ladies or Gents Clothing $20 - $80
     Gents Haircut $15
     Ladies Haircut $35 - $70
     Shoes $40 - $100
     Doctor’s (GP) consultation fee $35 - $45

Please note that the costs indicated above are not fixed and are may vary based on student’s lifesty le and
accommodation arrangements
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Medical Insurance
It is an Australian Govern ment requirement for overseas students and their dependants to maintain se lf-
funded medical and hospital cover for the duration of their study in Australia. There are several co mpanies
that provide health cover.
The cost of health cover through Worldcare is appro ximately A UD$320 for 1 year, AUD$703 for 2 years
for single applicants. These prices are to be used as a guide only. You must pay the appropriate premiu m to
Astute Training before leaving your home country. If you are acco mpanied by a spouse and/or dependant
children, you will need to pay a family premiu m, AUD$740 for 1 year and AUD$1406 for two years. For
further info rmation please refer to the following website:

Information on Temporary Accommodation in Sydney
Astute Training does not have on campus accommodation facilities for International students nor does it
arrange accommodation however listed below are the conduct details for acco mmodation that may be of

The following is a list of private areas of accommodation that you may contact to organise temporary
accommodation when you arrive in Sydney.

 A. Quality Inn Penrith
     - –
    (02) 4734 5555 -
 B. Jamison Hotel
     - - (02) 4721 5764 - more
 C. Log Cabin
     - - (02) 4732 3122 - more
 D. The Penrith Hotel Motel
     - - (02) 4721 2060 -
 E. Exp lorers Lodge
     - - (02) 4731 3616 - more
 F. Chifley Penrith Panthers
     - - (02) 4721 7700 -
 G. Waterview Apart ment
     - - (02) 4735 8692 - more
 H. La Casa Cabrera Bed & Breakfast
     - - (02) 9853 6602 - more
 I. Kerr Cottage
     - - (02) 4732 5522 - more
 J. Penrith Lakes Bed & Breakfast
     - - (02) 4729 4888 - more
     More results near Penrith NSW »

Penrith Online - Accommodation
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amenities. Accommodation available for short or long periods. ...

Parramatta, Penrith & Westmead Accommodation Western Sydney
Western Sydney Accommodation hotels, motels, apartments, houses, cottages, bed and
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Travelling to Australia

Australian Customs

On arrival you will be required to present your passport and the completed inco ming passenger card to the
customs officer, then collect your luggage and proceed to the green or red channel.
     If you do not have any goods to declare follow the green Channel
     If you have any goods to declare or are unsure, fo llo w the red Channel

When travelling to Australia please be aware that if you are carrying a total of AUD$10,000 or more
in cash of any currency, you MUS T declare the money on your incoming passenger card on arri val.
A failure to declare this money may result in the money being taken and you being arrested and
prosecuted. It is not an offence to bring the money to Australia. The offence is not declaring the money.
For informat ion regarding duty free allowance and restricted impo rts, please refer to:

Australian Quarantine

The Australian Quarantine Serv ice strictly enforces Australian regulations covering items that can and
cannot be brought into Australia. You must declare on the incoming passenger card:

         Food
         Plant material- including any wooden items
         Animal products

Any prohibited items should be placed in the quarantine bins on the way to baggage collection at th e
Specially trained sniffer dogs and x-ray mach ines will check baggage, so take care to declare any items
even if you are unsure about them. On the spot fines of AUD$200 or mo re can be imposed for failure to
declare items. Further informat ion may be obtained at:

After you clear Immigration Control and Customs, if you require any additional information regarding
accommodation or transport facilit ies visit the Tourism Informat ion Counter where you will be assisted by
the staff there.

Trans port for Sydney Airport

Fro m the airport you may choose to proceed by train, taxi or airport shuttle bus.
     Taxi fares $25-$30 fro m the airport to the city
     Train fares $12 fro m the airport to Central Station in the City you would then need a train to you
         destination for example -Pen rith and the cost of the fare $10
     Shuttle bus $10 fro m the airport to the city

Airport Pick Up

Astute Training is able to make arrangements for student’s airport pick up at a cost of $110. If you require
this service you must complete the airport pick up form and return it to Astute Training at least 2 weeks
prior to your arrival in Australia.

You can send the form via post or fax to PO Bo x 4093 PENRITH NSW 2750 or +61 2 4732 4344.

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Student Visa

All students must have a valid Student Visa and are required to abide by the conditions attached to that visa
by the Department of Immigration and Cit izenship (DIA C), while they remain in Australia. Not being fully
aware of the conditions governing a stay in Australia does not free visa holders fro m the possible penalties
associated with a breach of any visa condition. Students finding themselves in breach or possible breach of
visa conditions may contact the Student Support Officer, for assistance and support.

Classes of student visa
Student visas comprise of seven subclasses. Each subclass is based on the education sector of the princip le
(main ) course of study. Those applying for a student visa should select the subclass app licable to their
proposed principal course of study. For fu rther info rmation please visit website:

Conditions and compliance
Mandatory conditions are attached to ALL student visas, while discretionary conditions are attached
according to individual circu mstances. If students bring family members with them, then additional
conditions may apply. A full list of conditions is available on the DIA C website at

Deferral of studies / leave of absence
Students who fall ill and are expected to require leave fro m their studies for a significant period should
apply to Astute Training, to defer their studies. Students who defer are expected to leave Australia during
the period of their deferral, unless exceptional circu mstances prevent them fro m leaving Australia. DIAC
assess whether “exceptional circu mstances” exist.
All approvals for deferral should be notified to Astute Training, to ensure DIA C are advised on the
student’s behalf, thus ensuring visa compliance.

Student visa with permission to work
All students are able to submit an application to obtain a student visa with permission to work after they
have commenced their program of study. Once a Student Visa with permission to work has been granted by
DIA C students are limited to working 20 hours per week during academic study periods and unlimited
hours during scheduled vacation periods. Applications can be submitted to DIA C onlin e at:

Re-entry to Australia
Most Student visas permit mu ltip le entries to Australia – please check the visa label in your passport or
eVisa email. Students, who have left Australia during the university study period, should check with the
Australian High Co mmission or Embassy in their country, prior to returning to Australia, to ensure their
visa has not been cancelled by DIA C. A list of DIAC contacts around the world is available at:

Link to brochure on ESOS framework
Information on this website to explain the roles and responsibilit ies for International Students

Link to AEI (Australian Education International) website
This is a very info rmative website that contains various links to assist International Students with studying

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Student Support Services At Astute Training

Astute Training has resources and staff available to help students if necessary. If you are facing problems
of any kind, p lease do not hesitate to contact our staff. Please take advantage of the support facilit ies
available before any problems becomes an issue, so that you may have a happy and rewarding experience
while you are studying in Sydney.

The details of student support services are as follows:
Orientation program
The orientation program is conducted for all new students arriving on campus at the beginning of each
semester. A briefing is conducted on the Australian culture and the study style in Australia. Information is
given to students regarding student visa conditions, accommodation, work permit, overseas heath cover,
academic support, student services and use of information technology facilities within CBC.

Counselling services
The student counselling service is designed to assist international students in dealing with a wide range of
problems including homesickness, managing stress, handling conflicts, emotional issues, improving
motivation, enhancing study skills, organising study time and any other difficulty that students may have.
Student Support Officer assist’s with all student counselling in the first instance. However if p rofessional
counselling is required, Astute Training will advise students to seek professional counselling assistance
through qualified and approved practitioners.

Academic support
In addition to regular lectures and tutorials students are provided with extra academic support such as
revision tutorials. For academic support and assistance please contact th e Training Coordinator. Students
can borrow books fro m the library for referencing and study purposes. Please see the reception for further

Customer complaints and appeals
It is the policy of Astute Training to maintain a friendly work and study environment wh ich is free fro m
intimidation and harassment. Astute Training and its staff members will act on any comp laint that can be
It is the policy of Astute Training to act upon the subject of any complaint found to be substantiated
immed iately. (Procedures are outlined in the Student Handbook)
Grievances may be a result of issues such as but not limited to:
• Course information, publicity or advertising material
• Course fees information or relat ing to financial matters
• Programme content or structure
• Equip ment, teaching resources or programme delivery
• Entry / selection procedures / Recognition of prior learning
• Staff qualification & skills
• Assessment informat ion or process
• Student support & guidance
• Attendance
• Assessment review / appeal

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Draft of the Orientation Program

09:30am –   10:00am           Welcome
10:00am –   10:15am           Meet Admin istration Staff
10:15am –   10:30am           Tea Break
10:30am –   11:30am           Student Welfare Support & Information on Australian Cu lture &
                              Acco mmodation

This session will cover counselling and support services offered to students at Astute Training and
awareness of the Australian culture. It includes informat ion on legal issues involved in renting, entry co sts,
Tenancy Agreement, shared accommodation, condition report.

11:15 am – 12:15p m           Registration
12:15 p m – 12:45 p m         Information Technology usage
01:00 p m – 01:45 p m         Light Snack Provided
01:45 p m – 02:30 p m         Staff Presentation

The Academic staff will introduce themselves to the students and provide an overview of the qualification
and its details.

02:30 p m – 03:15 p m         Student Identity Card
03:15 p m – 03:45 p m         Tour of Astute Training and exp lanation on use of facilities
03:45 p m – 04:00 p m         Overseas Health Cover (OSHC)

Includes information on health cover, how to make a claim and insurance details.

04:00p m –04:30p m            Discussion / Q&A

Please note that some of the sessions noted in the above orientation program may change depending on t he
needs of the students and the availability of the speakers. If you are unable to attend the Orientation
Program due to unavoidable circu mstances please contact Astute Training as soon as possible.

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Registered by New South Wales Govern ment through its accreditation authority, VETA B (Vocational
Education & Train ing Accreditation Board)

Member of Australian Council for Private Education and Training (A CPET)

Member of Tert iary Assurance Scheme (TAS) for protection of Fees of overseas students.

Registered on the Co mmonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students

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