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pre-DepArture
guIDe
for AusAID scholarship
students
Congratulations on receiving an AusAID scholarship.
We hope that you enjoy your time in perth and wish
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you success with your study at Curtin university.




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                                                                Contents
                                                                Academic calendar .................................................2                 What you need to know .......................................10
                                                                International Sponsored Student Unit ..................3                             AusAID contract .......................................................... 10
                                                                Contact the ISSu ............................................................3       Medicines ..................................................................... 10
                                                                Before you leave your home country ....................4                             public transport .......................................................... 10
                                                                What to bring ................................................................4      parking Fees ................................................................ 10
                                                                On your flight to perth..................................................4           Living expenses ........................................................... 10
                                                                excess baggage .............................................................4        Suggested weekly budget.......................................... 10
                                                                Quarantine guide ..........................................................4         transferring money to perth .................................... 11
                                                                Your arrival ..............................................................6         text and reference books ........................................... 11
                                                                Immigration ...................................................................6     Vehicle expenses ......................................................... 11
                                                                Airport reception............................................................6       Overseas Student Health Cover................................ 12
                                                                What happens when I get off the plane?...................... 6                       Australian health and medical terms ...................... 12
                                                                What happens if my airport host is not there? .........6                             Work and study .......................................................... 13

 Important information                                          What happens when I leave the airport?...................... 6
                                                                What happens if my flight details change? ...................7
                                                                                                                                                     tax file number ........................................................... 13
                                                                                                                                                     Driving in perth ........................................................... 13
 You must bring the following documents with you to Curtin      Family members............................................................7          Your family ............................................................14

 when you arrive:                                               temporary accommodation ........................................7                    Family health cover.................................................... 14
                                                                Housing services............................................................7        Family reunion ............................................................ 14
  • your drivers licence (if any)                               Your finances..................................................................7     Dependant schooling ................................................. 14
  • your passport.                                              Safety on campus..........................................................7          Childcare ...................................................................... 15
                                                                Getting started ........................................................8            What to bring .............................................................. 15
 this guide is designed to prepare you for your arrival in      Introductory Academic program.................................8                      Guidelines and support ........................................16
 Western Australia. please read it carefully. You can access    Startup Week .................................................................8      Students with disabilities .......................................... 16
                                                                enrolments .....................................................................8    policies & procedures ................................................. 16
 further information from the government’s AusAID website at
                                                                the Learning Centre ......................................................9          Student responsibilities ............................................. 17
 www.australiaawards.gov.au, or from www.ausaid.curtin.edu.au   unienglish.......................................................................9
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                                                                                                                     InternAtIOnAL
ACADeMIC                                                                                                             SpOnSOreD
CALenDAr                                                                                                             StuDentS unIt
please read the academic calendar carefully and           While the majority of Curtin courses commence in           the International Sponsored Students unit (ISSu) is      Contact the ISSU:
familiarise yourself with the key dates and activities.   the first semester, there are some courses that offer      a team of dedicated staff who support and manage         email: issu@curtin.edu.au
Most courses at Curtin operate on a two-semester          second semester commencements.                             AusAID students, and act as intermediaries between       Web: www.ausaid.curtin.edu.au
timetable: the first semester commences in February       Please note: There are also courses that operate on        AusAID students and Curtin.                              ISSu mobile: +61 423 026 262
and ends in June, and the second semester starts in       a trimester timetable (an accelerated study program        the ISSu staff have specialised roles to ensure          emergencies: +61 8 9266 4444
July and runs through to november. A mid-year break       with three trimesters per year). Please check your         that students are provided with quality support          Ms Julie Craig (AusAID ALO)
separates the two semesters.                              letter of offer to verify the study mode of your course.   during their studies, and to ensure that students        Manager, ISSu
                                                                                                                     can complete their studies within the specified time     tel:   +61 8 9266 2437
                                                                                                                     frame stated in their scholarship placement offer.       email: J.M.Craig@curtin.edu.au
 Semester One 2011                                         Semester Two 2011                                         the ISSu is also responsible for AusAID reporting and
                                                                                                                     academic monitoring for Curtin students.                 Ms Sarah Treadgold (AusAID SCO)
 Around 10 Jan      Arrive in perth                        Around 6 June        Arrive in perth
                                                                                                                                                                              Sponsored Student Officer
 17 Jan             Introductory Academic program          13 June              Introductory Academic program        the ISSu can assist you with any queries you may         tel:   +61 8 9266 4691
                    commences*                                                  commences*                           have before you arrive in Australia. these might         email: S.treadgold@curtin.edu.au
 14–18 Feb          International enrolment and Info       4–8 July             International enrolment and Info     include questions about accommodation, specific
                                                                                                                     course information, living in perth, visa requirements   Mrs Kristen Soon (AusAID SCO)
                    Week*                                                       Week*                                                                                         Sponsored Student Officer
                                                                                                                     for you and your family, dependant schooling, and
 21–25 Feb          Startup Week*                          11–15 July           Startup Week*                                                                                 tel:   +61 8 9266 3348
                                                                                                                     the cost and availability of childcare. When you
 28 Feb             Classes commence                       18 July              Classes commence                     arrive, the ISSu will provide you with documents and     email: K.Soon@curtin.edu.au
 28 Feb–21 Apr      8 teaching weeks                       18 July–9 Sept       8 teaching weeks                     brochures to help you familiarise yourself with perth
                                                                                                                     and Curtin.
                                                                                                                                                                              Find us on campus:
 25–30 Apr          tuition-free week                      12–16 Sept           tuition-free week
                                                                                                                                                                              International Office, Building 103
 2–27 May           4 teaching weeks                       19–14 Oct            4 teaching weeks                                                                              Curtin university
 30 May–3 June      Study week                             17–21 Oct            Study week                                                                                    Kent Street
 6–17 June          examinations                           24 Oct–4 nov         examinations                                                                                  Bentley WA 6102

The above dates are correct at time of printing but may be subject to change.
*Attendance is compulsory for AusAID students.
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BeFOre YOu LeAVe
YOur HOMe COuntrY                                                                                                  www.ausaid.curtin.edu.au/before_you_leave_home.htm




What to bring                                            Laptop (optional): you might want to bring your           • the Incoming passenger Card is a legal document.       • Do not carry illicit substances into or out of
Medical history and prescriptions: required for          laptop, along with web cam attachments, so you can          Any false declaration can lead to prosecution            Australia. penalties for drug offences in Australia
on-going medication.                                     contact home via Skype.                                     resulting in a heavy fine or imprisonment, or both.      are severe and could result in a prison term.
                                                         Please note: electricity in Perth is 240v50 cycles AC.    • If you are carrying A$10,000 or more in cash—or        You should check the following websites before you
Funds: we recommend that you arrive in Australia
                                                         Adaptors are readily available in Perth.                    the equivalent in foreign currency—with you to         leave your home country to find out about any health
with at least A$400 cash.
                                                                                                                     Australia, you MuSt declare the money on your          regulations that might stop you from travelling to
Clothing: most days, students wear comfortable,          You might like to bring your national costume and
                                                                                                                     Incoming passenger Card. You are also required         Australia:
casual clothes such as jeans, t-shirts and skirts.       your favourite CD of music from your country,
                                                                                                                     to declare the money to any Australian customs         • Department of Health www.health.wa.gov.au
everyday wear is acceptable clothing for classes at      which may be useful for group work during your
                                                                                                                     officials if questioned. If you fail to declare this
Curtin. September to March are the warmer months,        Introductory Academic program.                                                                                     • Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS)
                                                                                                                     money it may be confiscated, and you could be
with average temperatures ranging from 18 degrees                                                                                                                             www.aqis.gov.au
                                                         On your flight to Perth                                     arrested and prosecuted.
Celsius to 38 degrees Celsius. In summer months,                                                                                                                            You should also check with the Australian Diplomatic
                                                         If you have special dietary needs (for example Halal),      It is not an offence to bring large amounts of money
most people wear lightweight t-shirts and shorts.                                                                                                                           Mission in your home country prior to departure for
                                                         please remember to contact your airline before you          into Australia. the offence is not declaring it. For
                                                                                                                                                                            any further updates.
April to August are generally colder months with         leave your home country to order your special meals.        more information, visit www.customs.gov.au
average temperatures ranging from 7 degrees Celsius                                                                • All animal and plant products, including food items,   For more information about Australian quarantine
to 19 degrees Celsius. A warm, waterproof jacket is      Excess baggage                                              must be declared for inspection. these will be         laws, please contact the Australian High Commission
necessary during these months.                                                                                       returned in most cases.                                or embassy in your country, or visit the AQIS website.
                                                         All economy class passengers have a baggage limit
Equipment: you will need to provide your own             of 20 kilograms. You can ask a travel agent for more      • All drugs and medicines should be declared for         If you have any doubts about quarantine laws when
household equipment—such as cooking utensils,            information on baggage regulations.                         inspection, especially products that:                  you arrive in Australia, ask to speak to a quarantine
sheets and blankets—for most accommodation                                                                           – contain substances which are prohibited without      officer after you have collected your baggage. You will
except home stay. Second-hand household items are        Quarantine guide                                               a permit (including narcotics, amphetamines,        find them helpful and understanding.
available at low prices, and you may wish to bring       Australian quarantine laws are in place to protect our         hallucinogens, barbiturates, vaccines, anabolic     Please note: this information is intended as
some of your own basic equipment.                        unique native flora and fauna.                                 and androgenic steroids, growth hormones, and       a guide only.
References: work references, housing references          It is extremely important that you declare all items of        erythropoietin (epO)).
(from previous landlords if you have rented a property   a plant or animal nature when you arrive in Australia.      – are regarded as performance enhancers in sport.
before) and personal references will be useful.          no matter how small or trivial your items may seem,       • Medicines that should be declared include:
Copies of important documents: we recommend              they may be harmful to Australian wildlife.                 prescribed medications; non-prescription,
photocopying documents such as your passport. You        • When you arrive in Australia, you are required to         complementary, alternative, herbal and traditional
can give copies to your family for safe keeping or         complete an Incoming passenger Card. this card            medicines; vitamins and mineral preparations; and
pack one in your luggage as a standby.                     must be read carefully and completed truthfully.          nutritional and dietary supplements.
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                                                                                                                   Family members                                            For more in formation, consult the housing services
                                                                                                                   please contact the ISSu as soon as possible if any of     brochure in your welcome pack or contact the
                                                                                                                   your family members will be travelling with you.          Housing Services Office:
                                                                                                                                                                             tel:  + 61 8 9266 4430
                                                                                                                   Temporary accommodation                                   Fax: + 61 8 9266 7455
                                                                                                                   Curtin will choose affordable temporary                   email: housing@curtin.edu.au
                                                                                                                   accommodation for you based on value for money,           Web: www.housing.curtin.edu.au
                                                                                                                   location and service. On your request, the ISSu will
                                                                                                                   book you a room for two nights if you arrive on           Your finances
                                                                                                                   a weeknight, or for three nights if you arrive on a       All AusAID students are provided with A$5,000
                                                                                                                   Friday or Saturday. temporary accommodation               to establish themselves in perth. this money can
                                                                                                                   costs approximately A$95-135 per room, per night.         be used to pay for your rental bond, a computer,



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                                                                                                                   You will be responsible for paying for your own           textbooks, living requirements and general expenses.
                                                                                                                   accommodation.                                            the ISSu will help you to open an Australian bank
                                                                                                                                                                             account on the first day that you arrive at Curtin. You
                                                                                                                   Housing services

ArrIVAL
                                                                                                                                                                             can place your allowance into the account, and the
                                                                                                                   the Housing Services Office is located next to the        funds should be available the same day. even though
                                                                                                                   International Office. It is available to help you find    A$5,000 may seem like a lot of money—especially if
                                                                                                                   housing, and provides students with impartial             you convert it into your country’s currency—you will
                                                                                                                   information about on and off-campus housing               need most of it to establish yourself in perth.
                                                                                                                   alternatives.
                                                                                                                                                                             the ISSu will organise for all ADS and ALA students’
                                                                                                                   If you do not plan to bring your family, we               Contribution to Living expenses allowance (CLe)
                                                                                                                   recommend that you stay on campus. You should             to commence from the date you arrive. the CLe is
                                                                                                                   apply immediately as housing is always in high
Immigration                                             temporary accommodation. the taxi fare will cost
                                                                                                                   demand. the ISSu recommends that you stay on
                                                                                                                                                                             deposited electronically into your bank account at
When you land in perth, you will be asked to            approximately A$40, and you must obtain a receipt                                                                    the end of each fortnight and will cover your basic
                                                        from the taxi driver to have that fee reimbursed later.    campus for one semester before bringing your family       living costs while you are studying at Curtin.
complete an immigration form that asks you to give                                                                 to perth. For more information, visit
your contact address. If you do not know the address    WHAT HAPPEnS WHEn I LEAvE THE AIRPORT?                                                                               Please note: ALA students need to contact the ISSU
                                                                                                                   www.housing.curtin.edu.au
of your temporary accommodation, you can give                                                                                                                                to discuss their Study Enrichment Allowance.
                                                        If you arrive between 8.30am–3.00pm Monday                 If you cannot organise to send payment through to
the university’s contact details (refer to the ISSu
                                                        to Friday, and have arranged on-campus                     secure your on-campus accommodation booking,
contacts on page 3).
                                                        accommodation, you may be taken directly to your           please contact the ISSu so that we can help you to          Safety on campus
                                                        accommodation.
Airport reception                                                                                                  make arrangements for payment.                              Keeping our students and staff safe on campus is our
the AusAID post in your country will inform the         If you arrive outside these hours, or if you have not      Students without on-campus accommodation                    priority. Curtin Security is a highly visible presence on the
ISSu if you need airport reception, so that they can    arranged on-campus accommodation, you will be              generally find permanent off-campus                         university grounds, conducting regular patrols 24 hours
arrange for someone to meet you at the airport.         taken to temporary accommodation arranged by               accommodation within two or three days. the                 a day, every day of the year. they also maintain constant
please contact one of the Curtin ISSu staff members     Curtin (booked for two nights). the following working      Housing Services Office staff will brief you on housing     surveillance of the campus via CCtV.
directly if you have any questions about your airport   day, a Curtin representative will meet you in the hotel    options on your first day, then take you to look at         For more information, visit
reception.                                              lobby and take you to the Curtin Bentley Campus            accommodation options.                                      www.security.curtin.edu.au
                                                        (free of charge), where you will meet the ISSu and
Please note: you do not need to complete the Request                                                               the sooner you find permanent accommodation,
                                                        staff from Curtin’s Housing Services Office. please
for Airport Reception form on the Curtin website.                                                                  the less money you need to spend on temporary
                                                        bring your passport. You will commence looking
                                                                                                                   accommodation.
WHAT HAPPEnS WHEn I GET OFF THE PLAnE?                  for long-term accommodation and organise your
                                                        Australian bank account.                                   When choosing permanent accommodation, you
A Curtin host carrying a Curtin sign will meet you at
                                                                                                                   should consider:
the airport. the airport can be very busy so finding    Please note: if you are staying at a private, off-campus
your host may take some time. Your airport host         location (with family and friends, for example) you        • access—public transport availability, walking
will provide you with a welcome pack that contains      must make your own way to the International Office           distance to the university campus
information about perth, Curtin and the ISSu.           on the first working day after you arrive.                 • cost—please refer to page 10 for a suggested
                                                                                                                     weekly accommodation budget
WHAT HAPPEnS IF MY AIRPORT HOST IS nOT THERE?           WHAT HAPPEnS IF YOUR FLIGHT DETAILS CHAnGE?
                                                                                                                   • type and size—living alone or sharing, family
If your host has not arrived, please phone the Curtin   If you change your flight details prior to your              members and their needs (such as schooling and
International Office on 9266 7331 during business       scheduled departure, or you miss your flight, please         childcare).
hours, 0423026262 outside those hours, or Curtin        contact the ISSu (refer to page 3 for contact details).
Security on 9266 4444 after business hours. they
may advise you to catch a taxi to your booked
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gettIng
StArteD                                                                                                              www.ausaid.curtin.edu.au/orientation.htm




Introductory Academic Program                             the orientation program covers issues such as:             The Learning Centre                                      UniEnglish
the Introductory Academic program (IAp) is designed       • the Australian taxation System                           the Learning Centre (tLC) is located on the second       unienglish is an online english language analysis tool
to introduce you to Curtin and prepare you for your       • laws in Western Australia                                floor of building 303. It offers free learning support   that will help you to:
academic studies. the ISSu will give you a program        • religious facilities and support on campus               programs designed to enhance students’ academic          • identify your strengths and weaknesses
outline when you arrive on campus. In most cases,                                                                    performance at all levels.
                                                          • international student associations                                                                                • draw up a language development plan
you will have seven days to settle your housing needs                                                                tLC provides the following free, ten-hour academic
                                                          • campus services and facilities                                                                                    • find out how to obtain english language support at
before the IAp begins.                                                                                               programs for undergraduate and postgraduate
                                                          • shopping and recreational facilities.                                                                               Curtin.
the IAp is conducted over four weeks and addresses                                                                   students:
                                                          For more information, visit                                                                                         unienglish is quick to complete online and is
issues such as cultural transition, the use of library                                                               • Studyplus Study Skills and Strategies program
                                                          www.orientation.curtin.edu.au                                                                                       available to all Curtin students. there are 4 sections:
services, plagiarism and referencing, student and
                                                                                                                     • Studyplus Management program                           reading, listening, writing and speaking—you can do
lecturer relations, group work, academic writing, study
                                                          Enrolments                                                 • Studyplus Successful Assignment program                them separately or together. results for the reading
skills, english language skills, and an assessment
                                                          • Your Curtin Letter of Offer is your authority to enrol   • Studyplus postgraduate research program                and listening sections are available instantly online.
of your individual study needs. Within these four
                                                            into your course. ISSu staff will provide you with the                                                            the writing and speaking sections are assessed
weeks, you will also attend a one-day AusAID briefing                                                                • Studyplus postgraduate Writing program
                                                            information you need to enrol.                                                                                    individually by qualified english language teaching
session covering your responsibilities as a student,                                                                 • powerplus Writing program (Better Sentences)
                                                          • You must enrol in full-time study (100 credits per                                                                and learning professionals.
AusAID scholarships, Overseas Student Health Cover,                                                                  • powerplus essay program
resources available on and off campus, bringing your        semester for coursework).                                                                                         unienglish is not a test; it is a tool for you to use
                                                                                                                     • pathfinder program (transition to university)          as part of your personal language development
family to Australia, and student guild services.          • If you need to reduce your study load, you will
                                                            have to seek approval from both the ISSu and your        • Communicating in english                               strategy. It is voluntary, free of charge, and accessible
StartUp Week                                                school of study.                                         • grammar Masterclass program (Writing)                  from any computer with internet access.
Curtin’s international student orientation starts two     Please note: if you need to change course, you will        • Health Sciences Writing Workshop                       For more information, contact:
weeks before classes commence, and attendance             need approval from your home country.                      • Humanities Writing Workshop                            Stu Knox
is compulsory. It provides all students with the                                                                     • Science and engineering Writing Workshop.              tel:   +61 8 9266 1732
opportunity to meet current students and form new                                                                    All seminars are conducted by expert lecturers in a      email: s.knox@curtin.edu.au
friendships.                                                                                                         relaxed and supportive environment.                      Web: www.unienglish.curtin.edu.au

                                                                                                                     For more information, contact
                                                                                                                     TLC
                                                                                                                     tel:   +61 8 9266 3825
                                                                                                                     Fax: +61 8 9266 3051
                                                                                                                     email: tlc@curtin.edu.au
                                                                                                                     Web: www.learningcentre.curtin.edu.au
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WHAt YOu
neeD tO KnOW                                                                                                       www.ausaid.curtin.edu.au/living_expenses.htm




AusAID contract                                            Parking fees                                            Transferring money to Perth
All participants in the AusAID program must                Students who plan to drive to Curtin will need to       If you need to transfer money from overseas, you will
fulfil their contractual obligations: this includes        purchase a student parking permit. the annual fee for   need to:
completing your scholarship within the allocated           a student parking permit is A$155 (for 2010).           • complete either a telegraphic transfer or bank draft
time period.
                                                           Living expenses                                         • know the SWIFt code, account number and BSB
Medicines                                                                                                            number of the account that you wish to deposit
                                                           You should expect to pay, on average, around
                                                                                                                     money into.
pharmaceutical products in perth can be quite              A$465 (single) and A$805 (family) per week for
expensive compared to other countries. Medications         living expenses. Living expenses will depend on your    Bank drafts take six to eight weeks to process and
such as antibiotics and antihistamines will require        financial resources, tastes and interests.              there may be fees involved for both transactions. You
a doctor’s prescription and may cost approximately                                                                 cannot open an Australian bank account while you
                                                           You should set out a budget that is relevant to your    are overseas: you will need to visit a bank branch and
A$20 for a course (a course of antibiotics usually         needs that is flexible enough to allow for changes.
runs for five days). Some milder antihistamines may                                                                taking your passport for identification.
be bought over the counter and may cost around              suggested weekly budget (A$)
                                                                                                                   Text and reference books
A$12. You can buy a pain-relieving tablet—such as
                                                            Service/commodity             Single Family of four    You will also need to budget around A$150–400 per
paracetamol or aspirin—at supermarkets without a
prescription.                                               rent furnished private          180         390        semester for text and reference books. Some books
                                                            accommodation—average                                  are available for at a lower price from the Curtin
Public transport                                            Services—gas, water &            20          30        Student guild’s Second hand Bookshop, and from
Buses, trains and ferries in perth are operated by          electricity                                            students who advertise on noticeboards around
transperth: the Western Australian government’s                                                                    campus.
                                                            Food                            120         200
transport system. Full-time students are eligible for       public transport                 25          40        vehicle expenses
significant concessions on bus and train fares. Your
                                                            Clothing, toiletries &          120         145        If you intend to buy a car, you will need to budget
ticket doesn’t just entitle you to a single ride—it buys
                                                            entertainment                                          for additional expenses such as petrol, insurance
you up to 3 hours of travel on any transperth bus,
train, or ferry service. You should carry the correct       total                           465         805        and licensing costs. You should also purchase motor
fare in change or purchase a Smartrider card from a                                                                vehicle insurance in case of an accident or theft. A 10
                                                           This table is intended as a guide only.                 per cent goods and services tax (gSt) may apply to
newsagency. the cost of your journey depends on the
number of travel zones covered.                                                                                    some of these costs.

For more information, visit
www.transperth.wa.gov.au or call 136 213.
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WHAt YOu neeD tO KnOW (COntInueD)                                                                                      www.international.curtin.edu.au/oshc-worldcare.htm




Overseas Student Health Cover                              For more information, talk to the OSHC Worldcare            Work and study                                          Driving in Perth
the Australian government requires all international       representative on campus or visit                           Students are advised not to work during their first     You can drive in Western Australia on an overseas
students to be covered by health insurance for the         www.oshcworldcare.com.au                                    semester, however the Department of Immigration         drivers licence for as long as it remains valid in the
length of their student visa. AusAID pays for health                                                                   and Citizenship (DIAC) regulations state that all       country of issue. If your overseas licence ceases to
insurance for their students, which will cover you
                                                           Australian health and medical terms                         students are allowed to work up to 20 hours per week    be valid, or expires, you must apply for a Western
from the day you arrive in perth until the day you         • Bulk bill: an arrangement between the medical             and unlimited hours during semester breaks. AusAID      Australian licence to continue driving. You must
depart. the nominated health insurance provider for          practice and OSHC Worldcare. For example, if you          strongly advises that scholarship students do not       carry your overseas drivers licence and produce
Curtin students is OSHC Worldcare.                           go and see a doctor at Curtin, you will not have to       work during study periods.                              it for inspection at the request of any member of
                                                             pay for the visit and claim for a repayment.                                                                      the police. If your overseas licence is not written in
Your health insurance covers 100 per cent of the
Medicare Benefits Schedule fee for standard medical
                                                           • In-patient: a person admitted to a hospital as a          Tax file number                                         english, you should carry your international driving
                                                             patient.                                                  If you are working in Australia or you have an          permit or an approved english translation of your
consultations and 100 per cent of the government-
set fees for an in-patient service in a public hospital    • Out-patient: a person who visits a hospital for           Australian bank account, you must have a tax file       licence with you when you drive.
(unless it is a pre-existing condition). However,            treatment but is not admitted into the hospital.          number. You need to give your tax file number to your   If you are driving with an international licence, you
if you attend health services on campus you will           • Surgery: the name of a building where a doctor            bank to ensure that correct tax is charged on any       should ensure that your insurance policy covers
receive a 100 per cent rebate for standard medical           works, or an operation in hospital.                       interest you earn on your account.                      you in the event of an accident. Some students have
consultations and pathology services. On-campus            • Clinic: a building where health professionals work.       tax file number application forms are available         had insurance claims rejected by their insurance
counselling services are free of charge.                   • gp: abbreviation for a general practitioner (doctor).     from Student Central, Building 101. Forms must be       company because they have not had a Western
the fees for health services are set by the Australian     • Medicare benefits scheduled fee: fee set by the           submitted to the Australian tax Office (AtO), and       Australian driver’s licence.
government and are covered by your health insurance;         government for most medical services.                     students must take their passport and student ID        For more information, visit www.dpi.wa.gov.au
however, some health care providers can charge                                                                         card with them. You may also apply online via the       or call 13 11 56.
                                                           • gap payment: the amount paid for health services
their own fees for the services they provide. It is very                                                               AtO website. International students are generally
                                                             that are not covered by insurance. this amount is
important to clarify fees before requesting services.                                                                  treated the same as Australian residents for taxation
                                                             the difference between the scheduled fee and the fee
                                                                                                                       purposes; however, international students may be
Your health cover does not cover dental treatment,           charged by some health care service providers.
                                                                                                                       entitled to a rebate when returning home. For more
optical treatment or physiotherapy. We recommend           • Claim form: a form that you can fill out and send to
                                                                                                                       information, visit www.ato.gov.au or call 13 28 69.
that you take out additional extras cover—known as           your health insurer to claim a refund for money you
Studentplus—to cover these services.                         spend at a clinic or hospital.
Please note: dental services in Australia are very         • pharmacy or chemist: a shop that sells medicine
expensive, so we encourage students to have all major        (there is one on campus near the International Office).
dental work done before leaving home.                      • prescription: a piece of paper issued by your doctor
                                                             that you need to take it to a chemist to purchase
                                                             medicine that is not available over the counter.
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FAMILY                                                                                                                    www.international.curtin.edu.au/dependants.htm




perth is a great place for children to live and study.        completion of one year of study. eligibility will be        per child, per year, depending on the child’s level of
there are many schools and services close to campus           assessed on a case-by-case basis.                           English. You are also responsible for meeting the local
that will let your family enjoy a happy, healthy lifestyle.                                                               costs of any disability or special learning support
Your IAp will include a detailed information session
                                                              Dependant schooling                                         programs for your children, if required. Costs will
on bringing your family and helping to support them           School-aged dependants of all AusAID scholarship            vary and may involve the child moving to a school
during you time at perth.                                     students are eligible to attend the government              specifically designed to provide the required support.
                                                              (public) school system through the Department of            It is recommended that your child begin English
Family health cover                                           education and training of Western Australia (Det)           language training before they arrive in Perth.
You are responsible for your family’s health cover,           under the same conditions as local students, provided
which is compulsory in order to obtain visas for              that the school has been registered and has the             Childcare
your family. We strongly advise that you arrive               capacity to accept them.                                    We advise that you make a childcare booking before
in Australia initially on your own—once you have              Minimum school charges apply to all government              arriving in perth, as there can be a 12 month waiting
arrived, the ISSu can assist you to organise your             primary and secondary schools: some are voluntary           period.
family’s health cover.                                        (approximately A$60 for primary and A$235 for               there is a childcare centre on campus that can
the cost of adding your family onto your existing             lower secondary per child, per year), while secondary       allocate a cultural support worker for your child to
student OSHC Worldcare membership is:                         school fees vary according to individual subject            help with language and cultural issues. For more
                                                              selection (ranging between A$200–500, per child, per        information, contact:
       6 months         $210                                  year). Optional courses of study and excursions will        Curtin Early Childhood Centre                             What to bring
       12 months        $420                                  have additional costs and students will be required to      tel:   + 61 8 9266 7459                                   • Family members’ birth certificates
       24 months        $840                                  purchase school uniforms.                                   Fax: + 61 8 9266 3742                                     • Marriage certificate
       36 months        $1,210                                the ISSu will assist you with Confirmation of               email: childcare@exchange.curtin.edu.au                   • Children’s immunisation records
                                                              enrolment letters (also known as Confirmation of            Web: www.earlychildhoodcentre.curtin.edu.au
OSHC fees are correct as of September 2010, but may                                                                                                                                 • School academic transcripts (if children are aged 12
                                                              placement letters) that are needed to issue a school-       When you arrive, the ISSu will provide a list of other
be subject to change.                                                                                                                                                                 years or over)
                                                              aged dependant visa. they will also assist with school      childcare centres close to the Bentley Campus.
                                                              enrolments when your family arrives.                                                                                  • Spouse’s qualification certificates and transcripts—
Family reunion                                                                                                            A childcare assistance rebate is available for from the     may assist in obtaining employment or training
All AusAID scholarship students who arrive                    Please note: if your child is enrolled in a public school   Australian government to reduce childcare costs for       • Spouse’s work references and personal references—
unaccompanied in 2011, and have a scholarship                 and requires English as a second language tuition           AusAID students. the process for claiming this rebate       may assist in obtaining employment or training.
duration of two years or more, will be eligible for           (usually not relevant for children 6 years of age and       will be explained at the AusAID briefing session.
a free return airfare to their home country once a            under), you will be responsible for meeting the local
year. the first flight can be taken after the successful      contributions and charges for the program for your
                                                              child. The program can cost approximately A$80–150
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AnD SuppOrt                                                                                                       www.international.curtin.edu.au/support-services.htm




Students with disabilities                               Please note: students must advise DIAC of any pre-       Curtin also has a grievance resolution officer located     • act at all times with respect for the rights of others,
the university has committed confidential support        existing disabilities or medical conditions during the   in Building 100 on Curtin’s Bentley Campus, who is            and be sensitive to and embrace diversity.
                                                         visa application process. Non-disclosure may result in   available to assist all students and staff.                It is also your responsibility to:
services for students with disabilities and medical
conditions. If you have a disability or medical          your visa being cancelled.                               If a complaint is not resolved to your satisfaction, the   • arrive in perth in time to settle into permanent
condition, you should discuss your individual needs                                                               matter should be discussed with a student adviser or         accommodation, attend prep Week and Startup
with the university’s counselling staff before you
                                                         Policies & procedures                                    the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, International.                   Week and enrol in classes: failure to do so may
accept your offer.                                       DIvERSITY POLICY                                         Students can also ask for an internal and external           result in your enrolment being delayed until the
                                                         Diversity is respected and valued in the Curtin          review of their complaint from the Ombudsman                 following semester, the payment of a late fee or
the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
                                                         community. the university’s diversity policy and         Western Australia. For an outline of the process,            being sent home at your own expense.
(DIAC) will examine students with disabilities or
                                                         procedures outline this commitment to maintaining        visit http://www.ombudsman.wa.gov.au/                      • check to make sure that your enrolment details are
medical conditions when student visa applications
                                                         diversity and promoting cultural sensitivity in          Complaints/Overseas_student_Complaints.htm                   correct.
are processed.
                                                         teaching, and in all other areas of the university’s                                                                • inform the university of your local address within
the visa conditions also require international
                                                         operation. If you feel disadvantaged at any time,
                                                                                                                  Student responsibilities                                     seven days of arriving in Australia.
students to have Overseas Student Health Cover                                                                    All Curtin students must:
                                                         you can discuss your concerns confidentially with                                                                   • inform the university within seven days if you
(OSHC). Most standard OSHC premiums do not cover
                                                         staff from ethics, equity and Social Justice. For more   • inform themselves of, and comply with, all relevant        change your residential address.
treatment for pre-existing disability and medical
                                                         information, visit www.eesj.curtin.edu.au                  laws, university statutes, rules, by-laws, guiding       • maintain a current student visa: the visa should
conditions during the first 18 months of membership.
                                                                                                                    ethnical principles, policies and procedures relating      reflect the specified length of the course that you
Students with disabilities or medical conditions         EQUAL OPPORTUnITY POLICY
                                                                                                                    to their rights and responsibilities as a student.         are enrolled in.
who are granted student visas may therefore have         the university complies with equal opportunity                                                                      • fulfil the conditions of your student visa: you must
                                                                                                                  • participate constructively in the learning
to obtain additional health insurance, or have extra     legislation set in place by the government of Western                                                                 satisfy your course requirements and maintain a
                                                                                                                    experience.
funds available to cover medical requirements.           Australia, and is committed to ensuring that all                                                                      valid enrolment.
                                                         students are treated fairly while studying at Curtin.    • be aware course requirements, unit requirements
International students with disabilities or medical                                                                 and academic progress.                                   • maintain your health cover: if your OSHC
conditions who have been issued with a student visa,     GRIEvAnCE PROCEDURES                                                                                                  membership expires, your benefits payable will be
                                                                                                                  • behave in an appropriate manner at all times,
or those who become disabled whilst studying at                                                                                                                                suspended. You will also be violating the conditions
                                                         Curtin has procedures in place to assist students          showing respect for both staff and fellow students.
Curtin, are provided with support from the university.                                                                                                                         of your student visa.
                                                         in resolving concerns about academic and other           • act honestly and responsibly in relation to
For more information, contact:                           matters. For example, the university has formal                                                                     • ensure that you are available during the examination
                                                                                                                    academic matters and the use of university                 period: any travel arrangements should be scheduled
University Counselling Services                          appeal procedures for students who wish to have an
                                                                                                                    facilities.                                                for after the examination period.
tel: +61 8 9266 7850                                     assessment grade reviewed. these procedures are set
                                                         out in the Curtin Courses Handbook.                      • recognise that cheating, plagiarism and fabrication      • switch off your mobile phone during lectures and
Web: www.counselling.curtin.edu.au                                                                                  or falsification of data are not acceptable.               tutorials, and when you are in the library.
                                                                                                                  • adhere to the proper use of copyright material.
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International sponsored students unit
International Office
Curtin university
gpO Box S1512
perth, Western Australia 6845
tel:   +61 8 9266 3348
       +61 8 9266 2437
       +61 8 9266 4691
       +61 8 9266 4444 (after hours emergency)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday (9.00am – 5.00pm)
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