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					                    Arriving and Thriving
                    in Canberra

Never Stand Still   CANBERRA




                                A guide for international postgraduate students
                                new to Canberra, Australia
Emergency contacts                                                                                                   Contents
UNSW Canberra Campus Contact Details                                                                                 Emergency contacts ................................................................... Inside Cover
Student Administrative Services                                                                                      UNSW Canberra Campus Contact Details........................................ Inside Cover
                                                                                                                     Emergency Telephone Numbers...................................................... Inside Cover
Ph: +61 02 6268 6000                                                                                                 Making phone calls within Australia................................................ Inside Cover
Address: UNSW Canberra Northcott Drive CANBERRA ACT 2600
                                                                                                                     Arriving in Canberra ....................................................................................... 3
Email: sas@adfa.edu.au
www.unsw.adfa.edu.au                                                                                                 Introduction....................................................................................................... 3
                                                                                                                     Canberra ............................................................................................................ 4
International Student Administration Support                                                                         Introduction to UNSW Canberra Campus.......................................................... 5
                                                                                                                     Facilities on campus .......................................................................................... 6
Ms Christa Cordes
Ph: +61 (02) 6268 6006                                                                                               Support Services on Campus ....................................................................... 8
Email: c.cordes@adfa.edu.au                                                                                          Student Administrative Services (SAS) .............................................................. 8
                                                                                                                     Research and Research Training Office (RRTO) ............................................... 8
International Student Support Officer
                                                                                                                     Learning and Teaching Group (LTG) .................................................................. 9
Mr Craig Edwards                                                                                                     Arc sub branch .................................................................................................. 9
Ph: +61 02 6268 9579 or +61 02 6268 8888                                                                             Peer Mentoring ................................................................................................ 10
Email: c.edwards@adfa.edu.au                                                                                         Equity ................................................................................................................ 11
                                                                                                                     Counselling support .......................................................................................... 11
Emergency telephone numbers                                                                                          International Ambassador Program .................................................................. 11
                                                                                                                     Ambassadors at UNSW Canberra ...................................................................... 11
In Australia dial 000 from any phone for Police, Fire or Ambulance services. Dial 112 from a mobile                  Working in Australia ...................................................................................... 12
phone. Dialling 112 will override key locks on mobile phones and therefore save time.
                                                                                                                     Part-time work................................................................................................... 12
Making phone calls within Australia                                                                                  Tax File Numbers ............................................................................................... 13
  • To make international phone calls:                                                                               Student Visa Regulations ................................................................................... 13
                                                                                                                     Bringing your Dependant Family Members ....................................................... 13
           o Dial international access code (0011) + the country code + the area code (if any) + phone               Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) .......................................... 14
             number. When adding a country code to a number, any leading 0 (zero) on the area code                   Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) .............................................. 14
             following it is NOT dialled.                                                                            Australian Taxation Office (ATO) ........................................................................ 14
                                                                                                                     Australian Federal Police (AFP) ......................................................................... 14
  • To make domestic phone calls:
                                                                                                                     Health Care ...................................................................................................... 15
           o Dial the area code + the phone number                                                                   OSHC.................................................................................................................. 15
  • Visit www.whitepages.com.au and www.yellowpages.com.au for directories of residential,                           Doctors .............................................................................................................. 15
    commercial and government phone numbers in Australia, and for a list of country codes and area                   Hospitals ............................................................................................................ 16
    codes for international calls.                                                                                   Dental ................................................................................................................ 16
                                                                                                                     Medical Emergencies on campus ...................................................................... 16
                                                                                                                     Bicycling............................................................................................................. 16
                                                                                                                     Taxis ................................................................................................................... 17
                                                                                                                     ACTION Buses .................................................................................................... 17
                                                                                                                     DEANE’S Buslines............................................................................................... 17
                                                                                                                     Driving in Canberra ............................................................................................ 18
                                                                                                                     Demerit Point System and penalties ................................................................. 18
                                                                                                                     Drinking Alcohol and Driving ............................................................................ 19
                                                                                                                     Mobile Phones and Driving .............................................................................. 19
                                                                                                                     Buying a Car....................................................................................................... 19
                                                                                                                     Stamp Duty ........................................................................................................ 19


                                                                                                         A guide for international postgraduate students new to Canberra, Australia                                                                 1
    Money ............................................................................................................... 19     Arriving in Canberra                                    To further assist you with your transition to
                                                                                                                                                                                         studying in Australia, UNSW – Canberra will be
    Currency ............................................................................................................ 19
                                                                                                                                 Introduction                                            conducting a comprehensive Orientation Program
    Opening a Bank Account ................................................................................... 20
                                                                                                                                                                                         and will host a range of social events to enable you
    Banking .............................................................................................................. 20    This booklet has been prepared as a general guide
                                                                                                                                                                                         to meet other new students at UNSW Canberra
    Accommodation............................................................................................... 20              covering most issues that new students are likely
                                                                                                                                                                                         as well as current students and Peer Mentors. You
                                                                                                                                 to encounter. Please use it as a reference rather
    General Information .......................................................................................... 20                                                                    will receive an email invitation to these events
                                                                                                                                 than read it from cover to cover.
    Some Other Useful Websites............................................................................. 21                                                                           closer to the date. The orientation program is
    Tenancy in New South Wales (NSW) ................................................................. 22                        “Arriving and Thriving in Canberra” aims to             also posted on the UNSW – Canberra website –
    Short-term accommodation options ................................................................. 23                        assist you with your transition to life and study       please check regularly for updates and changes.
    Communication ............................................................................................... 24             in Canberra by providing important information
                                                                                                                                                                                         For general information about settling in Australia
                                                                                                                                 about social customs, university services, facilities
    Mobile/Cell Phones ........................................................................................... 24                                                                    please visit:
                                                                                                                                 and local laws. With different customs and laws
    Laptops .............................................................................................................. 25                                                            www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/settle-in-
                                                                                                                                 and the unique Australian accent, you can expect
    Information Communication and Technology – Tip sheet ................................. 25                                                                                            australia
                                                                                                                                 to experience a period of adjustment when you
    Family and Community ................................................................................. 25                    arrive. Although the booklet is aimed specifically      http://www.immi.gov.au/living-in-australia/settle-
    Child Care and Schools ...................................................................................... 25             at International Students, the information              in-australia/beginning-life/
    Spiritual Meeting Places in Canberra ................................................................ 26                     provided may also be useful for local students and
    What to do on weekends .................................................................................. 26                 military personnel who have moved to Canberra
    Where to eat in Canberra .................................................................................. 27               to study full time at UNSW. For more details
    Asian Food Markets ........................................................................................... 28            about Canberra visit:
    Where to send letters and parcels within Australia and overseas..................... 28                                      http://www.visitcanberra.com.au/
    Australia & Australian Culture ................................................................... 29
    Tipping ............................................................................................................... 30
    Australian Slang ................................................................................................. 30
    English Conversation Classes ............................................................................. 30




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                                                                                                                Introduction to UNSW Canberra Campus                                   were postgraduate coursework students, 302
                                                                                                                                                                                       were higher degree research students and the
                                                                                                                UNSW Canberra Campus is located at the                                 remaining were non-award students. Among the
                                                                                                                Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) and is                         postgraduate research students, approximately
                                                                                                                also known as UNSW@ADFA. The campus is the                             289 were international.
                                                                                                                centre for tertiary education for the Australian
                                                                                                                Defence Force and its three Services: Air Force;                       UNSW Canberra Campus is part of a significant
                                                                                                                Navy and Army. It is located in the suburb of                          research institution, and offers a supportive
                                                                                                                Campbell on the east side of Canberra 5km from                         and stimulating environment for postgraduate
                                                                                                                the City Centre and 2km from Canberra Airport.                         research and coursework students. Coursework
                                                                                                                All undergraduate service personnel live on                            or research students studying at UNSW Canberra
                                                                                                                campus and wear their uniform. International                           gain all the advantages of studying with one of
                                                                                                                Undergraduate students selected by their country                       Australia’s largest, research intensive tertiary
                                                                                                                to come to ADFA, also wear the uniform of their                        institutions. UNSW is a member of Australia’s
                                                                                                                country and service.                                                   Group of Eight Institutions and a member of
                                                                                                                                                                                       Universitas 21.
                                                                                                                The total number of students enrolled at UNSW
                                                                                                                Canberra at the beginning of 2011 was 2,852. Of
                                                                                                                these 1,078 were undergraduate students, 1,343


                                                                                                                                                                                                             Buses to ADFA from all suburbs are
                                                                                                                                                                                                             via the Civic Bus Interchange. Services
                                                                                                                                                                                                             depart from Platform 7 at the times
Canberra                                                 the National Library (the largest in Australia), the
                                                                                                                                                                                                             listed below.
                                                         National Gallery of Australia, Parliament House, the
Canberra, Australia’s national capital, is located       Australian War Memorial, The National Museum of                                                                                                      City Interchange Platform 7 ADFA
approximately 3 hours drive south of Sydney.             Australia, Government Departments and the CSIRO         BELCONNEN

Canberra, a modern city built in 1908, has a             are all located in Canberra.
                                                                                                                 (12 minutes)                                                                                7:14 AM                        7:41 AM
population of around 335,000 and while small is                                                                                                                                                              8:14 AM                        8:44 AM
the focal point for activities and events that affect    Canberra has hot, relatively dry summers and cool                                                                                                   8:57 AM                        9:26 AM
and influence the nation. It is the home of Federal      to cold winters. Average temperature in summer is                                                                                                   9:57 AM                        10:26 AM
Government and the public service, a focus for           25oC and average temperature in winter is 6oC.                                                                                                      10:57 AM                       11:26 AM
business and industry, and home to diplomats                                                                                                                                                                 11:57 AM                       12:26 PM
from over 120 countries.                                 Summer in Australia is from December to                                                                                                             12:57 PM                       1:26 PM
                                                         February, autumn is from March to May, winter                                                 CIVIC                                                 1:57 PM                        2:26 PM
                                                                                                                                                      (5 minutes)
As a planned city, Canberra is known for its large       is from June to August, and spring is from                                                                        UNSW@ADFA
                                                                                                                                                                                          CANBERRA AIRPORT
                                                                                                                                                                                                             2:57 PM                        3:27 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                          (5 minutes)
open spaces, parklands and picturesque natural           September to November.                                                                                                                              3:44 PM                        4:14 PM
                                                                                                                                                  E
setting. It is an ideal place for students of all                                                                                   ADE
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                                                                                                                                           E AV
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                                                                                                                                                                    KINGSTON
                                                                                                                                                                                                             4:14 PM                        4:44 PM
cultures and ages to call home. Canberra is located For further information please visit:                                                                                                                    4:44 PM                        5:14 PM
within a 2 hour drive from the beaches of the                                                                                                         MANUKA                                                 5:14 PM                        5:44 PM
                                                    Canberra General: www.visit.canberra.com.au
NSW South Coast and the Snowy Mountains, the                                                                                                                                                                 5:57 PM                        6:27 PM
home of Australia’s best ski fields.                Climate: www.bom.gov.au/weather/act                                                                                                                      6:57 PM                        7:20 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                             7:57 PM                        8:20 PM
There is certainly no shortage of opportunities to                                                                                  WODEN                                                                    8:57 PM                        9:20 PM
explore the many cultural riches that Canberra has                                                                                 (12 minutes)
                                                                                                                                                                                                             9:57 PM                        10:20 PM
to offer. Art galleries, museums, libraries and music                                                                                                                                                        10:57 PM                       11:20 PM
and theatre societies are abundant in our capital
city. Canberra is also home to four large universities                                                          For a full listing of all Action bus timetables please see:
and many other higher education institutions                                                                    www.action.act.gov.au/routes_timetables.html
which offer unparalleled access to a range of
research and study resources. In addition, national
organisations like; the Australian Institute of Sport,

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Facilities on campus                                       • how to select and evaluate information and




                                                                                                                                  22 School of Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences (PEMS) North



                                                                                                                                  26 School of Physical, Environmental & Mathematical Sciences (PEMS) South
                                                             its sources
The campus has a large and comprehensive
library, state-of-the-art computing facilities, well-      • how to manage information




                                                                                                                                  32 Lecture Theatre North / Staff Development Unit / Equity Office


                                                                                                                                  36 Learning and Teaching Group (LTG) / International Precinct
equipped and modern laboratories and a service               (citation styles, RefWorks, EndNote)




                                                                                                                                  14 Information Communication Technology Services (ICTS)
                                                                                                                                 15-20 School of Engineering & Information Technology (SEIT)
                                                                                                                                         Administration / Student Administrative Services (SAS)
area which includes a hair salon, a University Co-




                                                                                                                                  41 ACT Defence Clothing Store / University Main Store
                                                                                                                                  33 ADFA Cafe / Banks / Hairdresser / Coop Bookshop
                                                         The Academy Library will run an information




                                                                                                                                 28-29 School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)
operative Bookshop, credit union, a 24hr ATM and




                                                                                                                                  21 Research and Research Training Office (RRTO)
cafeteria/kiosk. There is easy access to free car        session for all new students during the orientation
                                                         program, for details please check the website.




                                                                                                                                  13 Marketing and Media Resources (MMR)
parking and a taxi rank and bus stop are located




                                                                                                                                                                                                              59-61 Officer Mess Annex Accommodation
on campus (please refer to the campus map on             http://lib.unsw.adfa.edu.au




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 93 Senior and Junior Ranks Carpark
                                                                                                                                 Military Facilities / Academic Buildings




                                                                                                                                  35 Australian Staff Officers Centre




                                                                                                                                                                                                              50-58 Officer Cadet Accommodation

                                                                                                                                                                                                              62-72 Officer Cadet Accommodation
                                                                                                                                  40 Pavilion / Esme Watson Stand
the next page for location).




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 96 Indoor Sport Centre Carpark
                                                                                                                                 42-44 Australia’s Federation Guard
                                                         In addition, the Library conducts workshops each




                                                                                                                                  24 Physical Plant Equipment


                                                                                                                                  27 School of Business (BUS)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last Updated 3/11 • MMR 10935
                                                                                                                                         Academy Cadets Mess
                                                         semester, geared specifically for new PG research




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 92 Officers Mess Carpark

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 94 Officer Cadet Carpark
                                                                                                                                  30 Lecture Theatre South




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        80 Main Parade Ground
The Indoor Sports Centre (ISC) is available free of




                                                                                                                                         Indoor Sports Centre




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 90 Academic Carpark
                                                                                                                                  12 Junior Ranks Mess
                                                         students, scheduled approximately 2-4 weeks




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        86 Parade Ground A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        84 Parade Ground B
                                                                                                                                  13 Academy Library
                                                                                                                                         Military Building




                                                                                                                                 45/47 Spotless Services



                                                                                                                                                                                                              8-11 Accommodation




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 95 Military Carpark
                                                                                                                                  23 Chemical Stores

                                                                                                                                  25 East Plant Room
charge for all full-time students. Those wishing




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 91 Central Carpark




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Email: mmr@adfa.edu.au
                                                                                                                                         Officers’ Mess
                                                                                                               BUILDING LEGEND
                                                         following the general orientation session for new




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        83 Tennis Court

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        85 Tennis Court
                                                                                                                                         SNCO Mess
                                                                                                                                         Adams Hall
to use the facilities should apply at the reception




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Outdoor Facilities
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Accommodation
desk of the Indoor Sports Centre for an annual           research students. Please check the website for




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        81 Oval
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        82 Oval
pass. In order to apply, students will have to           updates on sessions: For more information about




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Carpark
present their student card. Facilities include a 10m     library services go to:




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indoor pool, squash, basketball and tennis courts,       http://lib.unsw.adfa.edu.au/services/
weights and cardio rooms.

The International Precinct is located on the ground
level of Building 36 and includes a “chill out” space




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy • Northcott Drive • Canberra ACT 2600
for International students. The kitchen area is shared
with the staff of the Learning and Teaching Group.

A Muslim Prayer room is currently provided in
Building 36 but will be relocated in the near future.

The Academy Library
The Academy Library is staffed by a dedicated
and friendly team of people who are always
willing to answer your queries. In addition, the
library offers an extensive InfoSkills Program to
staff and students based on the UNSW Canberra
Learning guidelines. The program offers a wide
range of tools and options to assist users of all
levels to develop their Information Literacy skills
and competencies. In addition to improving skills
in finding, evaluating and using information, the
program also aims to help you make effective use
of the Library’s services and resources.

What skills does the Program develop?

    • information retrieval techniques
      (catalogue, databases, web searching)
      in specific subject areas

    • how to keep up to date with relevant
      information

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Support Services on Campus                            In short, SAS offers ongoing support from the        Learning and Teaching Group (LTG)                    The Flexible Learning Team
                                                      initial inquiry, through the application and         (Ground Floor, Building 36)
Student Administrative Services (SAS)                 acceptance process right through to graduation.                                                             • Ms Kathy Savige
                                                                                                           The Learning and Teaching Group (LTG) is a               Flexible Learning Designer, Room 36-103
The role of Student Administrative Services (SAS)     For information about any of the above please        university centre which provides academic
is to provide quality administrative support and                                                                                                                Arc sub branch
                                                      contact SAS at sas@adfa.edu.au, Ph: 61 2 6268 6000   support to all UNSW Canberra students, including
promote the academic programs of students and                                                                                                                   www.arc.adfa.edu.au
                                                      or visit us on Level 2, Administration Building 1.   newly-arrived international students. Dr David
to enhance students’ educational experience at                                                             Blaazer is the Manager for the Teaching and          Arc is a student life organisation targeting all
UNSW Canberra.                                        Research and Research Training Office (RRTO)         Learning Group.                                      students at UNSW Canberra Campus. Services
Core functions include:                                                                                                                                         and programs offered by Arc are being specifically
                                                     The RRTO works closely with the Grants                The LTG includes the following units:                designed for the Canberra campus which is unique
                                                     Management Office and Research Strategy                                                                    with its prominent military presence. Membership
     •   Helping students with admission, enrolment,
                                                     Office at UNSW Kensington campus, administers         The Academic Language and Learning Unit (ALL Unit)
         timetabling, academic progression and                                                                                                                  is voluntary and is currently priced at $25.
         advice on assessment and graduation.        all internal research grants, monitors research
                                                     performance and research funding and provides         The ALL Unit offers students assistance in all
                                                                                                                                                                This is the first time in the history of UNSW
     •   Providing information through a central     support to academic staff for the development of      matters relating to the use of academic English
                                                                                                                                                                Canberra that such a student life organisation
         enquiries office, orientation sessions and  their research careers. Key people in the RRTO are:   in their studies. This assistance takes the form
                                                                                                                                                                has been developed. Take this opportunity to
         Open Day.                                                                                         of credit-based courses in academic English
                                                                                                                                                                join up and reap the benefits of becoming an Arc
                                                     Professor Joseph Lai Associate, Dean (Research)       for local and international students, a range
     •   SAS also coordinates the UNSW Canberra                                                                                                                 member. It is your organisation and its evolution
                                                     Room 103, Building 15,                                of workshops and short courses on study skills
         handbook and recruitment and information Tel: +61 (02) 6268 8272                                                                                       will depend on your interest and involvement.
                                                                                                           and aspects of reading, writing and critical
         guide for students.                                                                               thinking, and one-to-one consultations to help       Becoming a member means that you have greater
                                                     Ms Danica Robinson, Manager of the Research           students with their written assignments, oral        opportunities for developing social connections;
     •   Supporting students by providing formal and
                                                     and Research and Training Office,                     presentations, and more general issues they          access to a range of discounted products; free
         informal functions and events and offering
         personal advice and support.                Room 361, Building 21,                                face in their studies at UNSW Canberra.              legal support and advocacy; trips, tours and
                                                     Tel: +61 (02) 6268 8497                                                                                    sports days; and access to a range of clubs and
                                                                                                             • Ms Linda Devereux Coordinator
                                                                                                               ALL Unit, Room 36-222                            societies. More information about Arc will shortly
                                                                                                                                                                be available on the UNSW Canberra international
    Some of the SAS staff
                                                                                                             • Mr Geoff Millar, Senior Lecturer                 website. DON’T DELAY, SIGN UP TODAY!!
                   Patricia McCauley, Manager                         Owen Litchfield, Team Leader             ALL Unit, Room 36-106
                                                                                                                                                                The Arc contact at UNSW Canberra is Sven Wittig
                   Email: p.mccauley@adfa.edu.au                      Email: o.litchfield@adfa.edu.au        • Ms Harriet Searcy, Lecturer                      s.wittig@student.adfa.edu.au
                                                                                                               ALL Unit, Room 36-104
                   Tel: +61 (02) 6268 8709                            Tel: +61 (02) 6268 6005




                   Usha Narayan, Deputy Manager                       Mrs. Elvira Berra, Scholarships

                   Email: u.narayan@adfa.edu.au                       Email: e.berra@adfa.edu.au
                   Tel: +61 (02) 6268 6001




                   Christa Cordes, International &                    Ms Rong Wang,
                   Research Students Officer                          Client Services Officer

                   Email: c.cordes@adfa.edu.au                        Email: r.wang@adfa.edu.au
                   Tel: +61 (02) 6268 6006



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 Peer Mentoring                                           • Preventing some of the negative effects          Equity                                                    If you would like to talk to someone about CT
                                                            of stress                                                                                                  or any other personal issues please make an
 Peer Mentors are established students who                                                                   The role of the Equity Office is to provide advice,       appointment with our Post Graduate Counsellor,
 use their experience and knowledge of life at            • Offering many opportunities for                  training and support to all staff, postgraduate           Dr Sherene Suchy. This is a confidential free
 university to offer support and guidance to new            developing support networks and                  students and, occasionally, to undergraduate              of charge counselling service. To book an
 students. With their help your transition to               making social connections                        students on equity and diversity issues.
                                                                                                                                                                       appointment, phone 9385 5418 and ask for
 university life and Canberra will be a lot smoother.                                                        For example; if you feel that you are being
                                                        UNSW Canberra Peer Mentoring Program                                                                           Canberra.
 Peer mentoring has many well documented                                                                     discriminated against on the basis of your cultural
 benefits, for example:                                                                                      background, sex or religion you can contact the           Helpful Resources:
                                                      2010 saw the introduction of the first official Peer   Equity Officer. Or if you are suffering from any
     •   Access to basic information about the        Mentoring Program at UNSW Canberra. Last year          level of physical or psychological handicap the           Mental Health Crisis Service
         university                                   eight Peer Mentors were recruited from a range         Equity Officer will be able to assist you with            Tel: 1800 629 354
                                                      of cultural backgrounds and academic programs.         information about available support.
     •   Helpful in enhancing your sense of belonging These mentors were involved over a period of two                                                                 Lifeline Phone Counselling
         and identification within your university    months in the many orientation type of activities      Counselling support                                       Tel: 13 11 14
         school or faculty                            that were run last year. Peer Mentors also offer
                                                                                                             At UNSW Canberra, we recognise that settling in           http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/welcome
     •   Positive influence on academic achievement advice and support to small groups of students           a new country, adapting to another culture, and
                                                      over the entire orientation period. An email will                                                                http://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au
                                                                                                             adjusting to a different academic environment
     •   Improving interpersonal communication skills shortly be sent out inviting students to become        can be an emotional roller coaster. It is normal          http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx
                                                      involved as Mentors and Mentees for 2011.              to feel anxious when you move to a new city or
                                                                                                             country to live and study. What can happen to you         http://www.relationships.com.au/
                                                                                                             is sometimes called “Cultural Transitioning” (CT),
                                                                                                                                                                       International Ambassador Program
                                                                                                             otherwise known as Culture Shock.
                                                                                                                                                                       In the 2008/09 budget the ACT Government
                                                                                                             CT happens when you do not understand the                 announced the introduction of International
                                                                                                             cultural norms of the new society; miss the food
                                                                                                                                                                       Student Ambassador Program as one of its
                                                                                                             you normally eat; or can’t speak the language you
                                                                                                                                                                       Trade and Export Development initiatives. The
                                                                                                             normally speak. Everything seems different from
                                                                                                                                                                       International Student Ambassador Program aims
                                                                                                             what you expected when you left home. Life is
                                                                                                                                                                       to assist the Government’s trade, migration and
                                                                                                             different in different countries; everyone is different
                                                                                                                                                                       investment facilitation objectives through capturing
                                                                                                             in the feelings they experience. It’s all OK, there is
                                                                                                             no right or wrong way of being at this time.              and leveraging of the global opportunities the
                                                                                                                                                                       significant number of international students living
                                                                                                             Some things that might be difficult: transport,           and studying in Canberra.
                                                                                                             finding accommodation, addressing your lecturer,
                                                                                                             standing in a line at the food store, understanding       Ambassadors at UNSW Canberra
                                                                                                             the Australian accent, using the Australian Health        This year, four outstanding Ambassadors were
                                                                                                             system, finding a social network. CT can cause            selected from the UNSW Canberra campus. They
                                                                                                             distress and add pressure on students whose               are Zhiqiang Liu, Md Ariful Islam and Priyanka
                                                                                                             expectations of themselves are already very high.         Dhopade from the School of Engineering & IT and
                                                                                                             You may experience some of the following during the       Dan He from the School of Business. They are
                                                                                                             transition: excitement, lots of social activity, anger,   continuing to develop a fabulous website with
                                                                                                             resentment, an unwillingness to interact with others,
                                                                                                                                                                       invaluable information for new students:
                                                                                                             longing for life back home, sleep disturbances, loss of
                                                                                                                                                                       www.studyincanberra.com.au.
                                                                                                             confidence, sadness, and loneliness.

                                                                                                             Remember -- moving to another culture is an act           Have a look to see what you can learn about
                                                                                                             of bravery and courage on your part. You have             living and studying in Canberra. They will also
                                                                                                             already demonstrated the willingness to take risks        create networks within the business community in
                                                                                                             to achieve your goals. It may help to remember            Canberra and represent UNSW Canberra at all up-
                                                                                                             that CT is an emotional roller coaster with five          coming events.
                                                                                                             predictable stages (below) described in more
                                                                                                             detail in the Cultural Transition Handbook.
10                                  Arriving and Thriving in Canberra                                             A guide for international postgraduate students new to Canberra, Australia                           11
 Working in Australia                                  Cantlie Recruitment Services                     Live in Canberra Industry Contacts:                    Student visas are granted subject to a number
                                                    Recruitment Specialists for Canberra                                                                       of conditions. Failure to comply with a condition
 Part-time work                                     Ph: +61 (02) 6239 7755                              Government - All Industries                            of your visa may result in cancellation of your
 Under the current immigration regulations,         Email: info@cantlierecruitment.com.au               ACT Government Jobs: www.jobs.act.gov.au               visa. If your student visa is cancelled, you would
 international students with permission to work are www.cantlierecruitment.com.au                                                                              be required to leave Australia. Please familiarise
 allowed to work up to 20 hours per week during                                                         Australian Public Service Jobs: www.apsjobs.gov.au     yourself with your visa conditions. For a list of
                                                    Cantlie Career Direction                                                                                   explanations of your visa conditions, please refer
 session, and full time during vacation periods.    Aim Your Career in the Right Direction              Defence Material Organisation:
 Dependants of undergraduate students are limited Katrina Howard:                                                                                              to the information in the Immigration website:
                                                                                                        www.dmojobs.gov.au
 to 20 hours of work per week while those of                                                                                                                   www.immi.gov.au.
                                                    Ph: +61 (02) 6239 7755
 postgraduates are permitted to work full-time.                                                         Tax File Numbers
                                                    Email: katrina@cantliecareers.com.au                                                                       Bringing your Dependant Family Members
 It is worth noting that it can be difficult to find   www.cantliecareers.com.au                        A Tax File Number (TFN) is a nine digit number
 part-time work in Canberra. A Careers Adviser                                                                                                                 If you are planning to bring your family
                                                                                                        issued by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to
 from UNSW at Kensington will come to Canberra         Employment Guides                                                                                       members wife/husband or children with
                                                                                                        identify your tax records and is therefore one of
 during orientation to talk to students about                                                                                                                  you to Australia, you need to consider many
                                                       The Canberra Times Jobs Guide:                   your most important forms of identification in
 finding part-time work in Canberra                                                                                                                            issues. We suggest that you arrive first,
                                                       http://jobs.canberratimes.com.au                 Australia. It’s yours for life and keeping it secure
                                                                                                                                                               settle into your studies, find appropriate
 In addition always check shops and restaurants as                                                      is a good defence against identity theft. Using
                                                                                                                                                               accommodation, adjust to living in Australian
 they often advertise vacancies in their windows.      Capital Jobs: www.capitaljobs.com.au             another person’s TFN, misusing yours or allowing
                                                                                                                                                               and then arrange for your family to join you.
 Also ask around, your landlord or Australian                                                           it to be used by another person is a crime which
                                                       Australian Job Search: http://jobsearch.gov.au
 friends may be able to give you an idea of where                                                       can result in heavy fines or jail. These penalties     Important financial and emotional considerations
 to find work.                                         Seek: www.seek.com.au                            also apply to people who ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ TFNs.         when planning to bring family members out to
 Some popular employment industry contacts and                                                                                                                 Australia are:
                                                       Career One: www.careerone.com.au                 It is not compulsory to have a TFN, however
 search engines are:                                                                                    without one:                                             • The career of your spouse and limited job
                                                       My Career: www.mycareer.com.au
                                                                                                                                                                   opportunities
                                                                                                           • Your employer must take the highest rate of
                                                                                                             your wages in tax                                   • Adjustment and language needs of your
                                                                                                                                                                   family
                                                                                                           • Financial institutions are required to tax
                                                                                                             interest you earn at the highest tax bracket        • Education costs and needs of children
                                                                                                           • You cannot get an Australian business               • Availability and affordability of child care
                                                                                                             number (ABN)
                                                                                                                                                                 • Availability or otherwise of extended family
                                                                                                           • ATO cannot process your tax returns                   support
                                                                                                           • You may be unable to get government                 • Extra accommodation requirements
                                                                                                             services or benefits
                                                                                                                                                                 • Cost of living in Australia
                                                                                                        For further information on how to get a TFN and
                                                                                                        how to keep it secure refer to:                          • Age and size of family
                                                                                                        www.ato.gov.au/individuals/
                                                                                                                                                               http://www.immi.gov.au/students/students/
                                                                                                        Student Visa Regulations                               bringing_family/

                                                                                                        It is important that you understand the Australian
                                                                                                        laws and regulations affecting your student visa.
                                                                                                        For further information about DIAC
                                                                                                        (Department of Immigration and Citizenship).




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                                                                                                             Health Care                                           Doctors

                                                                                                             Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)                  The government sets a scheduled fee for medical
                                                                                                                                                                   services but some doctors charge above this
                                                                                                             All international students and their families         amount. The OSHC scheme will cover 100% of the
                                                                                                             must have at least standard private health            Medicare benefits scheduled fee for a visit to your
                                                                                                             insurance through the Overseas Student Health         doctor (outside hospital). For medical services
                                                                                                             Cover (OSHC) scheme. This must continue for           while you are an inpatient at a hospital OSHC will
                                                                                                             the duration of their stay in Australia, and is       pay 100 % of the scheduled fee. In both situations,
                                                                                                             a condition of a student visa. Standard OSCH          if a doctor charges above the scheduled fee, you
                                                                                                             covers medical and hospital care expenses that        must pay the difference. This difference is often
                                                                                                             students or their family may incur while studying     referred to as the “Gap fee”.
                                                                                                             in Australia. OSHC will also contribute to the
                                                                                                             cost of most prescription drugs and emergency         Below are some medical practices in Canberra
                                                                                                             ambulance transport. OSHC Worldcare is UNSW           who have the lowest gap fee.
                                                                                                             preferred OSHC provider for commencing
                                                                                                             international students.                               Dr Vin Duc Lieu
                                                                                                                                                                   202/222 City Walk, Canberra City
                                                                                                             OSHC Worldcare can also provide cover, at an          Ph: +61 (02) 6257 3555 (Highly Recommended)
                                                                                                             extra cost, for other medical expenses such as
                                                                                                             dental, optical, physiotherapy etc. This additional   Belconnen Medical Centre
                                                                                                             cover is called Extras cover, and can be purchased    Westfield Belconnen 2617 – Shop 106 Level 1
                                                                                                                                                                   Ph: +61 (02) 6251 8898
                                                                                                             in country if desired. UNSW students coming to
                                                                                                                                                                   Fax: +61 (02) 6251 8897
                                                                                                             study in Australia for the first time must pay for    Note: Gap Fees will apply
                                                                                                             OSHC before they leave home. UNSW will directly       GP: Dr Ammar Dhaimat (Highly Recommended)
                                                                                                             bill you for this, and pass your details on to OSHC
                                                                                                             Worldcare. If you have paid the OSHC with your        Conder Surgery
 Government Departments                                 Australian Taxation Office (ATO)                     deposit to UNSW or purchased an OSHC before           3 Sidney Nolan Street Conder ACT 2906 Shop 3
                                                        Tax File number application: For information about   you depart for Australia, you will be covered from    Ph: +61 (02) 6294 9366
 Department of Immigration and Citizenship                                                                                                                         Fax: 02 6294 9388
                                                        how to apply for a TFN (Tax File Number) go to:      the time you arrive in Australia.
 (DIAC)                                                                                                                                                            Note: Gap fees apply
                                                        www.ato.gov.au                                       For more information about OSHC see:
 DIAC provides comprehensive information about                                                                                                                     The following website provides a list of Canberra
                                                        Australian Federal Police (AFP)                      https://www.oshcworldcare.com.au/about_oshc.
 student visa requirements and the application                                                                                                                     Doctors’ by location:
                                                                                                             aspx?language=en
 process, as well as application document checklists.   phone numbers:                                                                                             www.doctors-4u.com/Canberra/areas.htm#can
 For the latest information:                                                                                 Please note that only Australian health funds that
                                                        000 Triple Zero – Emergency, Police, Fire or                                                               In addition, we now have a Worldcare
                                                                                                             have signed an agreement with the Australian
 Ph: 131 881 or visit:                                  Ambulance                                                                                                  representative available on campus on a
                                                                                                             Government can provide OSHC. Students may take
 www.immi.gov.au/contacts/telephone.htm                                                                                                                            fortnightly basis to assist you with your claims.
                                                                                                             out additional health cover in the form of Extra
                                                        131 444 for Non-Emergencies                                                                                She will be on campus every second Thursday
 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                                     OSHC and students who could not previously access
                                                                                                                                                                   between 10am and 12pm and is available to
 (DFAT)                                                                                                      OSHC may now be able to access OSHC. Some
                                                        1800 123 400 – National Security Hotline                                                                   answer any questions.
                                                                                                             students may be exempt from enrolling in the OSHC
 DFAT has a comprehensive list of Australian            131 237 AFP Airport Security                         such as students from countries whose governments     Please note that the drop off box for claims will
 embassies, high commissions, consulates and                                                                 may have reciprocal health agreements for             be located at the Student Administration Office
 representative offices around the world.               1800 333 000 Crime Stoppers                          students in Australia. Note that some reciprocal      counter, level 2, Bldg 1.
                                                                                                             health agreements only cover students in
 For the latest information visit:                      1800 000 634 National Missing Persons                Australia, while some will only cover visitors.
 www.dfat.gov.au/embassies.html                         Coordination Centre
                                                                                                             Please also note that the above information only
                                                                                                             applies to civilian students not Defence sponsored
                                                                                                             students as they are covered by the Defence
                                                                                                             medical insurance policy.
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 Hospitals                                                Dental                                                 Visit this website if you would like to hire a bicycle   To receive a discounted student fare you will
                                                                                                                 and venture around Canberra’s tourist locations.         need to apply for a MyWay tertiary student card.
 OSHC Worldcare will pay 100 % of the rate                Dental and Optical health services are not covered     In addition, from July 2011, Arc (Student Life           Simply complete an online application at:
 determined by ACT Health Authorities for services        by the standard overseas Student Health Cover          Organisation) here at UNSW Canberra will be              https://forms.act.gov.au/smartform/public/
 in a shared ward in any Public Hospital. The             (OSHC). If you need to see dentist or optometrist      managing a “For Sale Items” on their website.            FormServer?formId=1043
 scheme will pay 100% of the scheduled fee for            you will need to make an appointment refer to the      Bicycles and vehicles regularly come up for sale as
 medical and hospital services while you are an           yellow pages                                           students return home.                                    Students will be required to provide student
 inpatient (when you have to stay overnight in the        www.yellowpages.com.au                                                                                          identification details to ensure they are entitled
 hospital) at a Private Hospital. If a private hospital   and pay the full fee of this service.                  Taxis                                                    to the discounted fare. Students will then need to
 or your doctor charges above the scheduled fee,                                                                                                                          load value to the cards prior to use. Value can be
 you will have to pay the gap. Similarly, OSHC            However, if you would like Dental and Optical          If you decide to make use of The Canberra Taxi
                                                                                                                                                                          added to the card online at:
 will cover 100% of the scheduled fee if you are          cover you can add OSHC Worldcare Student               Service, make sure you book well in advance
                                                                                                                                                                          https://forms.act.gov.au/smartform/public/
 an outpatient in a Public Hospital. The scheme           Plus which is an affordable and tailored extras        stating your name and destination clearly. In
                                                                                                                                                                          FormServer?formId=1009
 also provides cover for the cost of emergency            cover designed specifically for overseas students      Canberra unlike in Sydney or Melbourne, you
 ambulance transport.                                     studying in Australia. To obtain more information      cannot just go out on the road and hail a taxi.          or over the phone on 13 17 10, or in person at a
                                                          about this service call Ph: 1300 733 676 to speak      Also bear in mind that they are one of the more          MyWay Centre, MyWay recharge agent or at a
 Canberra Hospitals are:                                  to one of the member service specialists or go to:     expensive methods of commuting in and around             Canberra Connect Shopfront.
                                                          www.peoplecare.com.au                                  Canberra. To book a taxi contact:
 Canberra Hospital                                                                                                                                                        DEANE’S Buslines
 Yamba Drive, Woden                                       Medical Emergencies on campus                          Canberra Elite
                                                                                                                 Ph: 13 22 27                                             Dean’s Bus Lines operate out of Queanbeyan and
 Ph: +61 (02) 6244 2222 (24 hour emergency)               If you have a medical emergency on campus              or SMS your name, pickup address and time you            buses regularly travel the 12 kilometres between
 www.canberrahospital.act.gov.au                          please call the Student Administrative Services –      want the taxi to arrive:                                 Canberra and Queanbeyan. The departure point
                                                          Ph: +61 (02) 6268 6000                                 Ph: 0417 672 773 or                                      in Canberra for travel to Queanbeyan is just one
 Walk-in Centre, Canberra Hospital
                                                                                                                 visit their website: www.canberracabs.com.au/            block away from the Canberra Jolimont Centre.
 The ACT Government Walk-In Centre, located               Getting around Canberra                                                                                         The Canberra Jolimont Centre is where all
 at Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive Woden, is                                                                     ACTION Buses                                             interstate buses arrive and depart.
 a “no cost” alternative to attending a General
                                                          Bicycling
                                                                                                                 Public Transport in the ACT is provided by the ACT       Ph: +61 (02) 6299 3722 or visit:
 Practitioner for minor illnesses. The Walk-in            Bicycling is a popular transport option in Canberra,   Internal Omnibus Network (ACTION).
 Centre provides fast, free one-off advice and                                                                                                                            www.deanesbuslines.com.au
                                                          as it has well-planned cycle paths throughout
 treatment for people with minor illness and injury.      the city. Cycleway maps are available from ACT
 If your illness is considered more serious you will      Planning and Land Authority, ACT Government
 be referred to a doctor at another location.             Shopfronts, Canberra Visitors Centre, Pedal Power
                                                          ACT, some bike shops and newsagents. The maps
 Opening hours – 7.00am to 11.00pm every day of           provide detailed cycle routes across Canberra.
 the year including Christmas Day and New Year’s
 Day. No appointment is necessary. The Centre             Mandatory Helmet Laws for Bicyclists (MHLB)
 is located at the Canberra Hospital (enter from          state you are required to wear a helmet at all
 the Yamba Drive entrance and follow the signs).          times whilst cycling. When bicycling in the night in
 Children under 2 years of age and people with            Canberra you are also required to use a light.
 complex or serious conditions should see their
 General Practitioner (GP).                               For further information please visit:
 http://health.act.gov.au/walk-in-centre/home/            www.pedalpower.org.au

 Calvary Hospital                                         If you would like to purchase a bike, helmet and
 Mary Potter Circuit                                      accessories, refer to the various websites below
 Cnr Belconnen Way & Haydon Drive                         for several bicycle shops in Canberra:
 Bruce ACT                                                www.bikesuperstore.com.au
 Ph: +61 (02) 6201 6111                                   www.bikeshed.com.au
                                                          www.mrspokes.com.au



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 Driving in Canberra                                       Most overseas visitors are not required to obtain     Accumulating points                                   No matter which option you choose, if you buy
                                                           an Australian licence if you comply with these                                                              a second hand car you are advised to have it
 For most experienced drivers, driving a car in            conditions and can continue to prove your genuine     When a licence holder accumulates a certain           checked by a qualified mechanic or the NRMA
 Australia is easy, provided you learn the local road      visitor status to State Police if required.           number of demerit points, his or her licence will     (National Roads & Motorists Association), a fee is
 rules. In Australia, cars drive on the left hand side                                                           be suspended. The number of points varies for         payable.
 of the road (like Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Hong        When driving in NSW you must carry your overseas      different licence types as follows:                   Ph: 132 132 or visit:
 Kong and England). If you come from a country             drivers licence. Your licence must be written in                                                            www.nrma.com.au/insurance.shtml
 where cars drive on the right hand side, you              English or, if the licence is not in English, you        • Full unrestricted licence holders
 should take some time to get used to the local                                                                       (gold, silver or magenta) – 12 demerit points
                                                           must either carry an English translation or an
                                                                                                                      in any three year period
                                                                                                                                                                       Insurance
 conditions, before driving in heavy traffic. The          International Driving Permit.
 default speed limit in suburban areas is 50km per                                                                  • Provisional P1 licence – 4 points                All cars in Australia must have personal injury
 hour unless a speed limit sign shows otherwise.           For further information please visit:                                                                       insurance, known as Compulsory Third Party
                                                           www.rego.act.gov.au/licensing/licencemain.htm            • Provisional P2 licence – 7 points                (CTP) insurance which can be purchased from an
 Drivers Licence Requirements                                                                                                                                          insurance company. CTP covers injuries caused by
                                                           Demerit Point System and penalties                       • Unrestricted licence with a good behaviour       the car, but not damage to property. Third Party
 In most states and territories of Australia if you hold                                                              period – 2 points during the good                Property insurance pays for the damage your
                                                           The demerit points system involves the allocation
 a current driver licence from another country, you                                                                   behaviour period.                                car may do to another person’s car or property,
                                                           of penalty points (demerits) for a range of driving
 are allowed to drive on your overseas licence as          offences. Introduced in NSW in 1969, the demerit                                                            but not the damage done to your car. Full
 long as; you remain a temporary overseas visitor;                                                               For more information please go to:
                                                           points system is a national initiative that is        www.policensw.com/info/traffic/                       Comprehensive insurance pays for all damage.
 your overseas licence remains current; you have           currently in place in all States and the ACT.
 not been disqualified from driving in that State                                                                demeritscheme.html
                                                                                                                                                                       Purchasing a car is not a cheap option and you
 or elsewhere and; you have not had your licence           The demerit points system is designed to              Drinking Alcohol and Driving                          will need to factor into your budget, registration,
 suspended or cancelled or your visiting driver            encourage safe driving. Coupled with financial                                                              insurance, maintenance costs, and running costs.
 privileges withdrawn.                                     penalties, demerit points have proven to provide a    If you are going to drink alcohol, DO NOT drive. If
                                                           strong incentive to drive within the law.             you are going to drive, DO NOT drink alcohol.         Stamp Duty
                                                                                                                 Mobile Phones and Driving                             When you purchase a car you are required to
                                                                                                                                                                       pay a Motor Vehicle Stamp Duty. Stamp duty
                                                                                                                 The use of mobile phones when driving is against      is collected by the government and is payable
                                                                                                                 the law and dangerous if the phone is not ‘hands-     in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) at
                                                                                                                 free’. Fines are considerable and demerit point       the rate of $3 for every $100 value or part
                                                                                                                 penalties apply.                                      thereof. The rate is higher if the purchase
                                                                                                                                                                       price of the vehicle exceeds $45,000.
                                                                                                                 Buying a Car
                                                                                                                 There are several options for buying a car:           Money
                                                                                                                    • Registered Car Dealer                            Currency
                                                                                                                    • Private sale                                  Australia uses decimal currency; 100 cents make
                                                                                                                                                                    one Australian dollar ($A). The coins in current
                                                                                                                    • Auction
                                                                                                                                                                    circulation are 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2.
                                                                                                                      Canberra Auto Auctions,
                                                                                                                      10 Barrier Street Fyshwick,                   Notes in current circulation are $5, $10, $20, $50
                                                                                                                      contact: Cliff Masters on: +61 (02) 6280 6293 and $100. Prior to departure you should try to
                                                                                                                      or mobile: 0411 811 927.                      exchange some money at a bank, $150 would
                                                                                                                                                                    be sufficient for a couple of days until you have
                                                                                                                    • Online websites, which can be either via a    the opportunity to visit a financial institution in
                                                                                                                      car dealer or private                         Australia and open an account with an Australian
                                                                                                                                                                    Bank or Credit Union.
                                                                                                                           o www.carsales.com.au
                                                                                                                            o www.drive.com.au
                                                                                                                            o www.carpoint.com.au


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Opening a Bank Account                              Accommodation                                           The following accommodation options are now            will generally not be able to make contact with the
                                                                                                            also available for ALL Canberra students including     Property Manager unless you attend the advertised
When you open an account let the Bank or Credit     General Information                                     UNSW Canberra students:                                rental property for an inspection. For further
Union know that you are a student.                                                                                                                                 information visit:
                                                    Finding accommodation in Canberra can be
                                                                                                            ACADEMIE HOUSE                                         www.ljhooker.com.au
In order to open a bank account you are             difficult and that is why we suggest that you try
required to show proof of identity. If you          to get here at least one month before your course       Academie House is a privately owned provider of        www.independent.com.au
have recently arrived in Australia less (less       begins to give you sufficient time to find a suitable   student accommodation, managed by Student
than 7 days ago) your passport is satisfactory      flat or house. When renting you need to sign a          Housing Australia Brand. They have fully furnished,    www.rainandhorne.com.au
identification. If you have been in Australia for   residential tenancy agreement. The agreement            self contained studious and 1 bedroom apartments       www.maloneys.com.au
longer than a week you will need additional         sets out the conditions and terms of the tenancy        available for 6 – 12 months within walking distance
identification such as a written reference from     such as your rights and obligations in renting the                                                             www.raywhite.com.au
                                                                                                            to ANU. For more information go to :
an acceptable referee, a driver’s licence, a        property. When signing the agreement, check             www.unilodge.com.au/Canberra/Academie_House/           www.peterblackshaw.com.au
student card, or an OSHC membership card.           that it is a standard agreement. Any extra terms
                                                                                                                                                                   http://au.easyroommate.com/
                                                    or conditions have to be agreed to and signed           UNIGARDENS
Banking                                             by you. Make sure all conditions and terms you                                                                 www.cameronre.com.au
Opening Hours for Banks in New South Wales and      discussed with the landlord are in the agreement        Unigardens, also managed by Student Housing
                                                                                                            Australia and recently purchased by ANU offers         Tenancy in the Australian Capital Territory
the Australian Capital Territory (Canberra) are     before you sign. Fully understand all sections of
usually Monday – Friday 9:30am-4:00pm and on        the agreement before you sign.                          accommodation to any full time university student      The owner or agent of an owner who has the right
a Friday until 5:00pm. Automatic Teller Machines                                                            in Canberra. For more information on the type of       to rent you a property is called the landlord. A
                                                    Always inspect the place carefully before you           accommodation please visit:                            landlord will ask you for money before you move
(ATMs) are readily available 24 hours a day. A $2
                                                    move in. A premises condition report should be          http://accom.anu.edu.au/UAS/2384/                      into an apartment. This is called a security deposit
fee applies if you use another banks’ ATM.
                                                    completed by the landlord before occupancy and                                                                 or bond, and may amount to more than A$1,000
For easy access a Credit Union is available on      a copy give to you. Check each room to see if           For more information on a range of other
                                                                                                                                                                   dollars. The bond is usually set at four weeks’ rent.
campus -                                            the report is accurate. If any discrepancies occur,     accommodation options we suggest that you also
                                                                                                                                                                   A bond/”security deposit” is an amount of money
                                                    record them on the report and return a copy of          look at The Australian National University and the
                                                                                                                                                                   that is supposed to guarantee that the tenant will
DefCredit:                                          the report to the landlord.                             University of Canberra websites.
                                                                                                                                                                   care for the dwelling. If the tenant does not care for
Ph: 1800 033 139 or visit:                                                                                                                                         the property or clean it before leaving, the landlord
www.defcredit.com.au                                When you wish to end the agreement you should           From 2011 UNSW Canberra will also be providing
                                                                                                            information for the Homestay Accommodation             has a legal right to keep the security deposit.
                                                    give notice in writing (keeping a copy of the dated
                                                                                                            Service for those students who wish to settle          Otherwise, the landlord must return the security
For further information on some of Australia’s      letter yourself). Depending on the terms of the
                                                                                                            into the Australian way of life by living with         deposit within a month after the tenant leaves.
banks please refer to the details provided:         agreement, you must give either 14 days or 21
                                                    days notice. Fixed term agreements are harder to        an Australian family before pursuing more
                                                                                                                                                                   The following websites contain helpful information
                                                    end than continuing agreements.                         independent accommodation options.
 ANZ                                                                                                                                                               on your rights and responsibilities as a tenant.
 Ph: 131 314 or visit: www.anz.com.au                                                                       Some Other Useful Websites                             Issues include how much bond to pay, tenancy
                                                    Beware of Scams
                                                                                                                                                                   agreements and Condition of Premises Reports. It
                                                                                                            The following is a list of places where you can go     is important to be aware of these issues prior to
 Commonwealth Bank                                  Please read “Fake Rental or Share Accommodation
                                                                                                            to find advertisements for accommodation:              renting property in the ACT.
 Ph: 132 221 or visit: www.commbank.com.au          Scams” available on the ANU website to learn
                                                    about how to avoid becoming the victim of an               • Buy The Canberra Times newspaper on a             The Renting Book – This publication by the Office
 National Australia Bank                            accommodation scam.                                          Saturday or visit their website:                  of Fair Trading gives a comprehensive guide to your
 Ph: 132 265 or visit: www.nab.com.au               http://accom.anu.edu.au/UAS/2591/                            www.canberra.propertyguide.com.au                 rights and responsibilities under the Residential
                                                                                                               • www.allhomes.com.au                               Tenancies Act 1997.
 St George Bank                                                                                                                                                    www.fairtrading.act.gov.au/Publications_Main.htm
 Ph: 133 330 or visit: www.stgeorge.com.au                                                                     • www.realestate.com.au
                                                                                                                                                                   Canberra Connect (ACT Government) – Lessors
 Westpac                                                                                                    Listed below are individual Real Estate agents that    and Tenants
 Ph: 132 032 or visit www.westpac.com.au                                                                    will also have online listings of rental properties.   www.canberraconnect.act.gov.au
                                                                                                            Inspections are usually on a Saturday. Inspections
                                                                                                            during the week are generally by appointment           Tenants’ Union ACT
                                                                                                            only. As inspections are usually on Saturdays you      www.tenants.act.org.au


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                                                                          Short-term accommodation options                      Costs include breakfast. Rates are cheaper without
                                                                                                                                breakfast – approx $10 – 15/person discount.
                                                                          For most students it is very hard to secure
                                                                          permanent accommodation before arriving in            Family owned for over 40 years and only a short
                                                                          Canberra as you are unable to view properties,        walk to Dickson Shopping Centre, renowned for its
                                                                          meet appropriate contacts, etc. Therefore short-      vast array of multicultural restaurants.
                                                                          term temporary accommodation is required when
                                                                          first arriving in Canberra. The following links may   The Capital Executive Apartment Hotel
                                                                          be of assistance:
                                                                          www.canberratourism.com.au                            Corner Northbourne & Girrahween Street
                                                                                                                                CANBERRA ACT
                                                                          www.canberraaccommodation.com.au                      Ph: +61 (02) 62438333
                                                                          www.canberraexchange.com.au                           www.ceahotel.com.au/capital.htm

                                                                          Alternate short term accommodation include:           Cost: Studio apartments (sleeps 2-3) $155-$175
                                                                                                                                      per night, Studio Family Apartment
                                                                          Canberra City YHA                                           (sleeps up to 4)
                                                                                                                                      $169 per night, Family Room
                                                                          7 Akuna Street                                              (sleeps up to 5) $189 per night.
                                                                          CANBERRA CITY ACT 2601
                                                                          Ph: +61 (02) 6248 9155                                The Capital Executive Apartment Hotel is a five
 (source: www.canberravilliage.com)                                       Fax: +61 (02) 6249 1731                               minute walk from the heart of Canberra City.
                                                                          Email: canberracity@yhansw.org.au
                                                                                                                          The Haig Italian Restaurant is a multi-award
Tenancy in New South Wales (NSW)                                          www.yha.com.au/hostels/details.cfm?HostelID=240 winning restaurant located in the Capital Executive
                                                                                                                          Apartment Hotel.
The city of Queanbeyan is located 12kms south                             Cost: from $28.50 per night for single shared
of Canberra and a convenient distance to UNSW                             accommodation.                                  Canberra Short Term & Holiday Accommodation
Canberra and the Canberra City. If you choose to
live in Queanbeyan, the laws guidance tenancy                             Civic Pub Backpackers                                 Paterson Street AINSLIE ACT 2602
may differ from those above. The following sites                                                                                Chisholm Street AINSLIE ACT 2602
provide information on tenancy in NSW.                                    8 Lonsdale Street                                     McMillan Crescent GRIFFITH ACT 2603
                                                                          BRADDON ACT 2612                                      Ph: +61 (02) 6260 6613
NSW Office of Fair Trading – Real Estate and                              Ph: +61 (02) 6248 6488                                www.canbhol.com/au/contact.html
Renting Services
www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au                                                www.totaltravel.com.au/travel/nsw/canberraact/        Cost: 2 bedroom apartments for 7-13 nights
                                                                          canberracity/accommodation/hostels/civic-pub-               from $160-$190 per night, 4-12 weeks the
Tenants’ Union of NSW                                                     backpackers                                                 rate is reduced to $875 per week, beyond
www.tenants.org.au                                                                                                                    12 weeks the rate is negotiable.
                                                                          Cost: from $33 per night, single rooms and
Please note that there will be a special session                                dormitory style accommodation.
                                                                                                                                Canberra Motor Village
during the Orientation Program which deals
with tenancy laws and common tenancy issues in                            Blue and White and Canberran Lodges                   Kunzea Street O’CONNOR ACT 2602
NSW and the ACT.                                                                                                                Ph: +61 (02) 6247 5466
                                                                          524 and 528 Northbourne Avenue,
                                                                                                                                www.canberravillage.com
                                                                          DOWNER ACT 2602
                                                                          Ph: +61 (02) 6248 0498                                Cost: from $124 per night extra persons around
                                                                          www.blueandwhitelodge.com.au                                $17 per night. Maximum 28 nights.
                                                                          Cost: Daily single $110, weekly single $90 per
                                                                                day, Twin or Double Daily $120, weekly
                                                                                rate is $100 per day, Family daily rate $185,
                                                                                and weekly family rate $145 per day.

22                                    Arriving and Thriving in Canberra        A guide for international postgraduate students new to Canberra, Australia                    23
Canberra Motor Village is set in the bushland. If           charge. Breakfast room is open from Monday to       Computer & Internet Access                               Family and Community
you would like a taste of Australia in the heart of         Friday serving hot breakfast made to order and a
                                                                                                                Many of the above companies will also provide
the nation’s capital then this venue is ideal, crisp        continental breakfast buffet. ACTION bus stop is                                                             Child Care and Schools
                                                                                                                you with home internet access. In fact, you may
clean air, kangaroos and birds nearby. The ACTION           less than 100m away.
                                                                                                                be able to make arrangements with a company              Finding suitable childcare in Australia requires
bus stop for service through to the town centres
                                                                                                                where you can get cheaper rates if you have              patience and planning. Waiting lists for places in
and universities are a 50m walk away. Two styles            Communication                                       internet and mobile phone through the one                most childcare centres are long.
of accommodation are available, motel and cabin.
                                                            Mobile/Cell Phones                                  service provider. In addition, with providers
                                                                                                                Telstra and Optus, you could get a packaged deal         Many schools offer before – and after – school
The Parklands Apartment Hotel (Best Western)                                                                                                                             care programs (usually 7:30am – 8:45am and
                                                            Before bringing your mobile phone to Australia      for your home phone, internet and mobile phone.
                                                            check with the Australian Communications and                                                                 3:00pm-6:00pm). Children who need these
6 Hawdon Place Dickson ACT 2602                                                                                 Laptops
                                                            Media Authority:                                                                                             programs must be registered with the school.
Ph: +61 (02) 6262 7000
www.theparklands.com.au                                     www.acma.gov.au                                     If you are considering bringing your laptop or any
                                                            to make sure it can operate here. Some countries,                                                            For information on schools and childcare centres
                                                                                                                communication devices visit:                             in Canberra please visit:
Costs: One bedroom apartment (sleeps 3)                     such as Japan and the USA, use mobile phone         www.acma.gov.au
                                                            networks that are not available in Australia. If                                                             www.canberrakids.com.au
       $160 per night, or if 4 or more nights                                                                   to ensure your modem is Austel Approved so that
        $145 per night, 2 bedroom apartment                 not, you can buy your mobile phone in Australia.    it will function in Australia.                           For information about ACT Government Schools
       (sleeps 4) $300 per night, or if 4 or more           Australian telecommunications providers offer
                                                                                                                                                                         Enrolment Procedures for International Students’
       nights $270, 2 bedroom connecting                    a wide range of services which provide a mobile     The standard voltage for electrical items in
                                                                                                                                                                         Dependants please go to:
       apartment (sleeps 5) same rate.                      phone within the cost of using that service.        Australia is 240V. Electric plugs have three flat pins
                                                                                                                                                                         www.sacm.org.au/english-website/pp/ACT%20
       3 bedroom apartment (sleeps 6),                      There are many differences to the services          one of which is an earth pin. You may need to buy
                                                                                                                                                                         Schools.pdf
       $320 per night or if 4 or more nights, $295;         provided. You should understand what deal you       an adaptor or have the plugs changed.
       4 bedroom apartment (sleeps 8) $410 a                are accepting before signing a contract with a                                                               or contact the International Education Unit ACT
                                                            provider. For a comparison of mobile phone plans    Information Communication and Technology
       night or if 4 or more nights $370 a night.                                                                                                                        Department of Education and Training on
                                                            in Australia see:                                   – Tip sheet
Set amongst peaceful surroundings, The Parklands            www.mobiles.com.au/mobile-phone-plans/              For information about: Antivirus; email; internet        Ph:     +61 (02) 6205 9176
Apartment hotel is situated within walking                                                                      and network; virtual private network and wireless        Fax: +61 (02) 6205 9239
distance to Dickson shops and 40 plus restaurants                                                               go to:                                                   Email: ieu@act.gov.au
also known as little China Town. The facilities                                                                 www.unsw.adfa.edu.au/ict/tip_sheets/index.htm            www.det.act.gov.au
include a heated indoor swimming pool and
gymnasium. Foxtel is available to all units and
there is secure underground car parking at no




                           www.telstra.com                            www.optus.com.au




                    www.three.com.au                                  www.vodafone.com.au



                                                                          www.dodo.com.au
                       www.virginmobile.com.au



                     www.boost.com.au                                         www.crazyjohns.com.au

(Source: on-line search)

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                                                                                                                                                                Surrounding attractions include:

                                                                                                                                                                Cockington Green - delightful and fascinating
                                                                                                                                                                display of meticulously crafted miniature buildings
                                                                                                                                                                set within beautifully landscaped gardens.
                                                                                                                                                                www.cockingtongreen.com.au

                                                                                                                                                                Corin Forest - Canberra’s Mountain Playground - a
                                                                                                                                                                great hiking opportunity only 45 minutes drive
                                                                                                                                                                from the heart of Canberra www.corin.com.au

                                                                                                                                                                Cycling and Walking paths:
                                                                                                                                                                www.tams.act.gov.au/move/cycling/cycling_and_
                                                                                                                                                                walking_map
                                                                                                                                                                www.walkingincanberra.wordpress.com/category/
                                                                                                                                                                canberra-walking-routes

                                                                                                                                                                Where to eat in Canberra
                                                                                                                                                                For all of your dine in, take away requirements
                                                                                                                                                                refer to the following websites for an international
                                                                                                                                                                choice of cuisines to suit your individual tastes.
                                                                                                             Canberra has many tourist attractions, some are    Please note that some of our restaurants do home
                                                                                                             provided below:                                    delivery:
                                                                                                                                                                www.canberraonline.com.au/eatingout
                                                                                                               • National Museum of Australia
                                                                                                                 www.nma.gov.au                                 www.bestrestaurants.com.au/location/canberra.
www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/                   of faith is the same as the Chinese Christians
international_students                                 Congress of World Envangelism, and is also based                                                         aspx
                                                                                                               • Australian War Memorial www.awm.gov.au
                                                       on the Apostles’ Creed. Please refer to the website                                                      www.menulog.com.au
www.det.act.gov.au/school_education/                   to further information:                                 • Australian Institute of Sport
international_students/international_students_                                                                   www.ausport.gov.au                             www.canberra.citysearch.com.au/restaurants
                                                       www.canberra-ccc.org
enrolment_process
                                                                                                               • Lake Burley Griffin                            www.yourrestaurants.com.au/cuisines/canberra/
                                                       Hindu Religion
Spiritual Meeting Places in Canberra                                                                                                                            cafe
                                                                                                               • National Carillon (located on Aspen Island).
                                                       The Vishnu Siva Mandir is located at 82 Mawson
Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture                                                                                                                  Where to shop in Canberra
                                                       Drive MAWSON ACT 2607. For further information          • National Gallery of Australia www.nga.gov.au
The National Centre is in Barton, which is near        www.vishnushivamandir.org
                                                                                                               • National Library of Australia www.nla.gov.au   Canberra has five major shopping centres, all are
the Parliamentary Triangle. There is a pilgrim         There is a Hindu Temple and Cultural Centre                                                              connected by ACTION bus Intertown Route.
walk, places of reflection and are open to all. This                                                           • New Parliament House www.aph.gov.au
                                                       located in Ratcliff Crescent FLOREY ACT 2615. For
organisation has been involved in reconciliation,      further information visit:                                                                               Belconnen features the Westfield Belconnen Mall,
                                                                                                               • Old Parliament House www.moadoph.gov.au/
interfaith discussions etc.                            http://htcc.org.au/main/                                                                                 which has tenants including Myers, Target, K-Mart,
www.acc-c.org.au                                                                                               • National Rose Gardens                          and the Hoyts entertainment centre. The Mall is
                                                       What to do on weekends                                                                                   located adjacent to the Lathlain St Bus Station.
Canberra Islamic Centre                                                                                        • Prime Minister’s Lodge                         The Mall is located next to Lake Ginninderra.
                                                       ACT government services, support and
Prayer times are available at:                         information about Canberra:                             • Questacon, National Science and Technology     The Canberra Centre features the shopping Mall,
                                                       www.act.gov.au                                            Centre www.questacon.edu.au
www.islam-australia.org/Prayer-Times                                                                                                                            outdoor eateries, the General Post Office, and a
                                                       www.visitcanberra.com.au                                • National Zoo and Aquarium                      diverse range of retail shops in the area from the
Canberra Chinese Christian Church                                                                                www.nationalzoo.com.au                         1920’s Sydney and Melbourne buildings on each
                                                       Online Entertainment/Music Guide                                                                         side of Northbourne Avenue, through to Allara
The Canberra Chinese Christian Church is a non-        www.bmamag.com                                          • Australian National Botanic Garden
                                                                                                                 www.anbg.gov.au                                Street where the Canberra Casino is located.
denominational Christian Church. Their statement

26                                  Arriving and Thriving in Canberra                                             A guide for international postgraduate students new to Canberra, Australia                   27
Woden features Woden Shoppingtown and the          They are located in the following areas:           Gungahlin:            Shop 22, 33 Hibberson St                  Australia & Australian Culture
Hoyts Cinema. Woden Shoppingtown’s tenants                                                                                  Gungahlin ACT 2912
include David Jones, Big W and Harvey Norman.         • Cape Street, Dickson ACT 2602                                                                                 Australia is made up of six states and two
The Woden Bus Interchange is located adjacent           Ph: +61 (02) 6249 6053                        Kingston:             19 Jardine Street                         territories. Each state and territory has its own
to the Shoppingtown. Woden shoppingtown is                                                                                  Kingston ACT 2604                         parliament, flag and floral emblem. Australia
                                                      • Athllon Dr, Tuggeranong ACT 2900
approximately 10kms south of the city.                                                                                                                                became a federated nation after the union of
                                                        Ph: +61 (02) 6293 1466                        Kaleen:               Shop 7, 10 Kaleen Plaza Georgina          the six colonies on 1 January 1901. Bound by
Tuggeranong Hyperdome is approximately 18 km          • Rae St, Belconnen ACT 2617                                          Cres Kaleen ACT 2617                      one parliament, one constitution and one flag,
south of the city.                                      Ph: +61 (02) 6251 3704                                                                                        Australia celebrated its Centenary of Federation in
                                                                                                      Queanbeyan:           52 Yass Road,
                                                                                                                                                                      2001. Australia’s population is approximately 21
Gungahlin also has a shopping centre and is one       • Boolimba Crescent, Narrabundah ACT 2604                             Queanbeyan, NSW 2620
                                                                                                                                                                      million people.
of Australia’s fastest growing communities. Over        Ph: +61 (02) 6295 6868
                                                                                                      In addition, you can also send letters from the                 For further information on Australia, please visit:
35,000 people reside in the 12 suburbs which
                                                   Salvation Army Family Store                        Co-op bookshop here at UNSW Canberra, located                   www.australia.com
make up Gungahlin. There are 2 shopping areas,
                                                   Shop 1 Fruit & Vegetable Market Athllon Drive,     above the café                                                  www.about-australia.com
The G and the Marketplace, both with large
supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths. ACTION         Tuggeranong ACT 2900                                                                                               www.australia.gov.au
also provides a service in Gungahlin.              Ph: +61 (02) 6293 2780

Most suburbs also have a local grocery store;      For the Fashion conscious on a budget check out:
however, the groceries may be more expensive.
                                                   Material Pleasures
Asian Food Markets                                 3 Barrier St, Fyshwick ACT 2609
                                                   Mobile: 0412 182 878
     • Dickson Asian Grocery Store                 materialpleasures.com.au
       16 Woolley Street, Dickson ACT 2602
       Ph: +61 (02) 6249 7187                      The Direct Factory Outlet (DFO)
                                                   337 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick ACT 2609
     • Fyshwick Market Asian Food Store
       Fyshwick, ACT 2609                          Ph: +61 (02) 6112 6222
                                                   www.dfo.com.au
     • Ah Chu Asian Provisions - Asian Grocery
       7/67 Townshend Street, Phillip ACT 2606     For more information on recycling and charity
       Ph: +61 (02) 6281 1227                      stores in the ACT go to:
       Mobile: 0423 001 667                        http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/charities/ACT

     • Daily Market - Asian Groceries              Where to send letters and parcels within
       5/35 Childers Street, City ACT 2601         Australia and overseas
       Ph: +61 (02) 6257 9888
                                                   Location of Post Offices (ph: 131 318)
     • Hub Asian Supermarket
       33 Hibberson Street, Gungahlin              Australia Post is one of our nation’s largest
       Ph: +61 (02) 6295 0606                      communications, logistics and distribution
                                                   businesses; and is committed to providing high
     • Hub Asian Supermarket
                                                   quality mail and parcel services to all people
       ShpT69/Centro Hyperdome, Anketell St
       Tuggeranong ACT 2900                        within Australia.
       Ph: +61 (02) 6293 9288
                                                   Belconnen:       6 Cohen Street
St Vincent De Paul offers a more affordable                         Belconnen ACT 2617
alternative. Throughout Australia there are many
                                                   Canberra City: Cnr Moore & Alinga Street
St Vincent de Paul outlets that sell second hand
                                                                  Canberra ACT 2600
items including: clothing, kitchen utensils and
furniture at very reasonable prices.               Dickson:         28 Dickson Place
                                                                    Dickson ACT 2602                  (source: http://www.embassyworld.com/maps/Maps_Of_Australia/)



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Tipping                                                      • Shout - to buy someone a drink.
Tipping is not generally expected or practiced in            • Bloke - a man. Sometimes if you ask for
Australia. This is because throughout Australia,               help, you may get an answer to ‘see that
service industry staff are covered by minimum                  bloke over there’.
wage laws and therefore do not rely on tips for              • How ya goin? - ‘How are you going?’ means
their income. However, it is acceptable to leave a             how are you, or how do you do? It does not
small amount (perhaps 10%) should you feel you                 mean what form of transport you are taking.
have received exceptional service.                             Sometimes it can sound like ‘ow-ya-goin-mate’.

Australian Slang                                          For more information on Australian slang visit:
                                                          www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/slang/
Slang words start from many different sources.
Some words are shortened versions of longer               English Conversation Classes
words. Many were expressions already used by
migrants who came from the north of England.              If you would you like to improve your general fluency
If you are unsure what an expression means, it is         while getting to know people in the community
all right to ask the person who said it to explain.       then come along and participate in the English
Some common expressions are:                              Conversation Groups who meet regularly at the ACT
                                                          Public Libraries listed below. Improving your general
     • Bring a plate - when you are invited to a          English fluency brings not only social benefits but
       party and asked to ‘bring a plate’, this means     also adds greatly to your Academic skills.
       to bring a dish of food to share with your
       host and other guests.                             Belconnen
     • BYO - when an invitation to a party says           Thursdays, 10am – 12pm during school terms
       ‘BYO’, this means ‘bring your own’ drink. If
                                                          Belconnen Library Community Room In
       you do not drink alcohol, it is acceptable                                                                 UNSW Canberra staff would like to welcome you all, we sincerely hope that you have a rewarding
       to bring juice, soft drink or soda, or water.      partnership with Belconnen Community Service
                                                                                                                  and enjoyable experience at our campus and wish you the very best of luck with your future studies.
       Some restaurants are BYO.                          Civic
     • Arvo - This is short for afternoon. ‘Drop by
       this arvo,’ means please come and visit this       Tuesdays and Thursdays 2pm – 3pm
                                                          Saturdays 9.30am – 12.30pm and also 2pm – 3pm           Disclaimer:
       afternoon.
                                                          Saturdays IELTS Training, (International English        The information in this guide was correct as at June 2011.
     • Barbeque, BBQ, barbie - outdoor cooking,           Language Testing System) 10.30am – 12.30pm
       usually of meat or seafood over a grill or                                                                 UNSW Canberra reserves the right to discontinue or vary
       hotplate using gas or coals. The host serves       Dickson                                                 programs, courses, arrangements or staff allocations at any
       the meat with salads and bread rolls. It is                                                                time without notice. UNSW Canberra reserves the right not
       common for a guest, when invited to a BBQ,         Mondays, 5.45pm – 6.45pm                                to offer any courses or units with enrolments of six or less.
       to ask if they should bring anything.              Wednesdays, 10am – 11am                                 Prospective students should contact Student Administrative
                                                                                                                  Services at UNSW Canberra to confirm admission
     • Snag - The raw type of sausages usually            Kippax                                                  requirements and availability of programs.
       cooked at a BBQ. They can be made of pork,
       beef or chicken.                                   Fridays, 12.30pm – 2pm, (Only during school term)
     • Chook - The term chook means a cooked              Tuggeranong
       chicken, usually a hen.
                                                          Mondays, 6pm – 7pm
     • Cuppa - a cup of tea or coffee ‘Drop by this
       arvo for a cuppa’ means please come and            Woden
       visit this afternoon for a cup of tea or coffee.
                                                          Thursdays (during school terms) 12.30pm – 2pm
     • Fair dinkum - honest, the truth. ‘Fair
       dinkum?’ when used as a question means,            For more information visit:
       ‘is it really true?’
                                                          www.library.act.gov.au/community/mshtml/
     • To be crook - to be sick or ill.                   englishconversationclasses
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For further information contact :

International Student Support Officer
The University of New South Wales
at the Australian Defence Force Academy
Northcott Drive, Canberra ACT 2600, Australia

Ph:      +61 (02) 6268 9579 or
         +61 (02) 6268 8888
Email: sas@adfa.edu.au
https://gateway.unsw.adfa.edu.au/iteaching/
iinternational/about.html

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