Curtin English Language Centre
PrE-DEParturE guiDE 2010
cOntEnts Read through this guide carefully. It contains important
information that will assist you to prepare for your
arrival in Perth and at Curtin.
2 4 6 10 12 13 16 19
Important information How to accept your offer CELC Services & Planning your budget Students under 18 Before you leave home What you need to know Sponsored students
Accommodation options (non AusAID)
Orientation Program 2 Accept your offer 4 Student finances 10 Studying under 18 12 Overseas Student Student employment 16
Student advisory Health cover 13 Who is a Sponsored
Important information COE Certificate 5 Living expenses 10 Local carers 12 Tax File Number (TFN) 16
services 6 Student 19
checklist 2 Excess baggage 14
Conditions of offer 5 Banking 10 Study load 16
Housing services 6 How to Apply 19
Important contacts 2 Medications 14
How to make payment 5 Transport & Student responsibilities 17
Homestay 6 –7 Tuition Fees 19
Course dates 3 Driving in Perth 10 Your dependants 14
Curtin policies &
Rental Overseas Student Health
Suggested What to bring 14 procedures 18
accommodation 8 Cover 19
weekly budget 11
Quarantine 15 CELC refund policies 20
On-campus On Arrival 19
Sponsorship Variations 19
campus map 22
booking form 21
OriEntatiOn PrOgraM cOursE DatEs
An Orientation Program is conducted for international students prior to the commencement of each semester and all
students must attend. The CELC Orientation Program is scheduled the week prior to the course commencing (see your
letter of offer). Program 2010 2011
Read through this guide carefully. It contains important information that will assist you to prepare for your arrival in
Perth and at Curtin. Dates Orientation Dates Orientation
Module 1 4 Jan – 5 Feb 4 January 10 Jan – 11 Feb 7 January
iMPOrtant Module 2 8 Feb – 12 Mar 5 February 14 Feb – 18 Mar 11 February
Module 3 15 Mar – 16 Apr 12 March 21 Mar – 22 Apr 18 March
Module 4 27 Apr – 28 May 23 April 2 May – 3 Jun 29 April
You must bring the following documents with you to Curtin when you arrive:
Module 5 31 May – 2 Jul 28 May 6 Jun – 8 Jul 3 June
• This Booklet
• Letter of Offer Module 6 19 Jul – 20 Aug 16 July 18 Jul – 19 Aug 15 July
• Current Passport (original)
• Original certified copies of your qualifications (if any)
Module 7 23 Aug – 24 Sep 20 August 22 Aug – 23 Sep 19 August
Module 8 4 Oct – 5 Nov 1 October 3 Oct – 4 Nov 30 September
Module 9 8 Nov – 10 Dec 5 November 7 Nov – 9 Dec 4 November
Students may enter the ELICOS program at the commencement of any module.
All students are required to complete two modules (10 weeks) before progressing to the next level.
Area Telephone Email
General Enquiries +61 8 9266 7617 email@example.com
Admissions +61 8 9266 7488 firstname.lastname@example.org
English languagE BriDging cOursE
Accommodation +61 8 9266 7696 email@example.com Semester 2010 2011
Centre Manager +61 8 9266 3853 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dates Orientation Dates Orientation
Student Advisor +61 8 9266 3252 email@example.com
1 1 Mar - 30 June 26 February 28 Feb - 30 June 25 February
2 2 Aug - 30 Nov 30 July 18 July - 30 Nov 15 July
Summer 8 Nov - 11 Feb 2011 29 October 31 Oct - 10 Feb 28 October
accEPt YOur OFFEr OFFEr anD PaYMEnt
Accept your offer Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment How to Make Payments
(eCoE) Certificate Payment can be made by, Telegraphic Transfer, Credit
• Ensure you understand all conditions on your offer Upon meeting conditions on your Letter of Offer, full Card and Bank Draft. See below for details:
• Pay your tuition fee payment of fees and OSHC fee, you will be issued with an
• Pay OSHC (Overseas Student Health Cover) for full duration of student visa Telegraphic Transfer
eCoE document for the purpose of student visa issue. If paying by Telegraphic Transfer, please make the
• Return your signed Acceptance of Offer for all courses The Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) will
• Offers for students under 18 yrs must be signed by a parent payment to CELC’s bank account below:
not be issued unless the signed Acceptance of Offer is
• Underage students must complete Guardian/Local carer documentation- see page 12 of received by Curtin. You should present this form to the SWIFT: BKWAAU6P
this booklet or visit celc.curtin.edu.au nominated Australian High Commission/Embassy in Bank Name: BankWest
your country to initiate visa processing. Branch Name: Bentley West Curtin
BSB: 306 065
Alternatively, you can pay directly to a Curtin overseas
representative in your home country who will assist with Account: 4643333
Apply for your visa your student visa application. Important - Please include: CELC, Student’s name &
number (if applicable).
Upon receipt of your Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) Certificate, you or your Conditions of the Offer
agent should contact your nearest Australian High Commission/Embassy or Curtin overseas Some students may have conditions listed on their Letter You can contact BankWest on +61 8 9 356 5344 should
representative to lodge an application for your student visa. of Offer. Payment should NOT be made until all conditions you need their assistance.
of the offer have been met. For example, if you have a Credit card
condition on your offer that states “evidence of completion Making payment by credit card can be done by including
of a course currently being undertaken must be provided”,
credit card details on the application form.
you should not pay until you have provided evidence of
Book an airline ticket completion. If you have not met the conditions of your
Payment can also be made by sending an overseas bank
offer and need to request an extension of payment, you
Book an airline ticket once you have accepted your offer of a student place. Remember that should contact Curtin or your overseas representative for draft, made payable to:
you must arrive in Perth in time for orientation/enrolment. advice. Curtin University of Technology
Fixed term deposits CELC
Inability to pay fees on time due to money being held in GPO Box U1987
a fixed term deposit account will not be accepted as a Perth, Western Australia 6845
Complete the Airport Reception Booking Form reason for late payment. Please allow enough time for the clearance of bank drafts
Sending living expenses with tuition fees from overseas.
Complete the Airport Reception form on page 21 of this book in order to be collected from
the airport, cost is A$88.00 (2010) or A$99.00 (2011). Fax to +618 9266 3186 International students should inform their parents that
living expenses should not be sent with tuition fee
payments, as the University does not refund student living
cElc sErvicEs anD
Student Advisory Service Homestay: Full board Points to consider before deciding on the Can you use water sparingly?
The International Student Advisor is located in homestay option:
• You pay your board two weeks in advance on the day Australia is a very dry arid country and the rains of
Building 208, Room 129C and is available you move in and then every second week on the same the winter are the main source of water in Perth.
to assist students with personal or academic Can you adapt to a very different way of life?
day. Water is very expensive, therefore all members of the
issues. The service is completely confidential. If you have lived independently prior to coming to household are expected to use water responsibly and
• You pay your board directly to your homestay parent.
Australia, there are many issues to consider prior to carefully. For example, only have short showers, do
The Student Advisor liaises closely with other • If you wish to move from your homestay, you may do taking the homestay option. If you are living with not leave taps running or wash dishes under running
University staff and external agencies regarding visa and so after you have been there for four weeks, unless Australian people they will expect you to adapt to their water.
academic issues and has strong links with CISWA exceptional circumstances exist. If you have any way of doing things. In contrast, in many countries a
(Council for International Students of WA), questions or problems, see the Housing Coordinator as guest is the most important person in the household If you feel you can adapt to these conditions you will
ISANA (International Education Association) and soon as possible. and everyone will try to please the guest. Although find that living with homestay can be an enriching
the University Counselling Service. • You must give two weeks notice before you leave the you will find your host family friendly, interested in your experience. Frequently students and their homestays
homestay. welfare and respectful of your cultural background, become very good friends, with this friendship lasting
Please contact the Student Advisor on +618 9266 3252 you will also find that you are the person who has to many years after students have returned to their home
• You are responsible for paying for all your international country.
or email firstname.lastname@example.org telephone calls. make the adjustments and endeavour to fit in with the
• You are responsible for keeping your bedroom and family way of life. Homestays will advise you of their
expectations; if you feel these are not suitable to you Room and Facilities homestay
bathroom clean and tidy and for changing your bed
Housing Services sheets. speak to the Housing Coordinator. This type of accommodation is basically the same as
The Housing Services Office is located in Building 208, full board homestay, but you are more independent
• It is appreciated if you offer to help with perhaps Will Australian food suit you?
Room 129C. It provides students with information about and buy and cook your own food. You also provide all
setting the table before a meal or helping wash the
on and off campus housing options. your own personal items including bed linen and often
dishes after a meal.
Many people in Australia eat a light breakfast of cereal, crockery and cutlery. Each house is different. You may
If you need assistance with finding somewhere to live, • Always advise your homestay if you are going to be toast, fruit or fruit juice, milk, tea or coffee. For lunch be asked to provide ‘bond money’ – this is refunded
please contact the Housing Coordinator on late for a meal or if you intend to spend the night or people often eat sandwiches, soup, salad and fruit. when you leave the accommodation provided no
+61 8 9266 7696 or email email@example.com weekend away from your house. Dinner (often known as ‘tea’) is the largest meal of the damage has been done to any property. When you are
The Housing office is available in helping you locate Many students choose homestay because it provides the day and eaten in the evening. Dinners vary greatly but sharing accommodation everyone is expected to take
suitable accommodation. Options include homestay opportunity to interact with Australian people. Perth is a can consist of meat, fish, chicken with vegetables and responsibility for house cleaning of common areas and
– either full board or room and facilities on-campus multi-cultural city with people from many countries and potatoes. Italian food with a pasta base is popular in leaving areas clean and tidy. When you have finished
housing (subject to availability), renting a flat, apartment cultural backgrounds. People who offer accommodation Australia as are Asian rice-based dishes. Students cooking you are expected to wash and dry your dishes
or house or sharing with other people in many types of come from all walks of life and a variety of countries and usually prepare their own breakfast and lunch with and leave the kitchen area clean, this also applies to
housing. Prices vary depending on the type and quality cultures. We have families, groups, couples and single food provided by the homestay. the bathroom.
of accommodation you prefer. Please seek advice before people of all ages offering accommodation to students. If you have any questions or problems regarding your
you sign any lease or documentation if you intend Are you prepared to travel to university by bus or homestay accommodation, talk about it either with
renting accommodation or if you are asked to sign a train or perhaps both? your homestay family or with the Housing Coordinator.
document of any type. In many cases, a solution can easily be found by
While every attempt is made to locate homestay close
Accommodation placement fee: A$210.00 (2010), to the university it is not always possible to be within discussing your problem.
A$220.00 (2011). walking distance. In many cases you may have to
travel by one or perhaps two buses – travelling time
varies from 30 minutes to perhaps one hour each way.
Rental Accommodation Important information if you are renting Recycling Looking after yourself
Talk to the Housing Coordinators for information on renting Always ask for a receipt when you pay any monies for rent Most Perth residents are very environmentally conscious For many students this may be your first time away from
properties. There is a lot of important information you as this avoids any confusion over payments. and make efforts to recycle materials. For example, home and there are many adjustments to be made. For
need to know BEFORE you sign any documentation. homes in Perth have two bins – one for general rubbish, students, who are living in self catering accommodation
If you are experiencing any problems with your food etc. and another for recycling, newspapers, tins, where you need to buy, prepare and cook your own food
Leases accommodation, please seek assistance from the Housing plastic bottles etc. Please be environmentally aware and this may be a new experience! Many have had the luxury
Office as soon as possible in order to resolve any issues use the correct bin for your rubbish. of mum doing all the cooking so it can be rather daunting
You sign a lease when you rent a property. This is a legally as quickly as possible.
binding document. Often lease agreements are for 6 or 12 trying to learn this new skill. It is very important to ensure
months. Do not sign a long lease if you have any doubts Use water wisely you eat well, that is buying good quality nutritious food;
about how long you will require the accommodation. If Curtin On-campus accommodation – for example, it is easy to buy lots of vegetables and steam
you have to leave before the lease expires, you are liable Student Housing Remember: Water is very precious in WA, please do these, you can add some fish, meat or chicken and your
for advertising expenses in getting a new tenant and for not leave taps running unnecessarily, do not have long favourite spices and herbs. Also try and eat fresh fruit
Student Housing is managed by the Curtin Housing Office showers. You usually pay for water used when you rent a
paying the rent until a new tenant is found. which is located in Building 103. You can apply directly to regularly; avoid the temptation to live on fast food and
property. take aways – your health may suffer. If you want any tips
Before you get the keys for your property you will need to Curtin Housing if you wish to live in on-campus housing.
or easy to cook recipes, see the CELC Student Advisor.
pay – Go to the Curtin webpage www.curtin.edu.au and follow
the links to Housing for detailed information on the type There are many supermarkets that have stocks of Asian
Bond money: and other cultural foods – if you can’t find what you are
and costs of Curtin Student housing.
You will have to pay the equivalent of four weeks rent as looking for, ask the CELC Student Advisor 208.129C or
a bond before you move into the accommodation. This is Please book early as demand is high. email firstname.lastname@example.org.
refunded when you leave provided all monies are paid and On campus accommodation is subject to availability and
no damage has been done to the property. rooms are offered on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
Two weeks rent in advance: You must apply and pay your application fee early as this
accommodation is very popular.
You must pay your rent in advance throughout your lease
period. You will be required to sign a lease for the entire academic
year or for one semester if your studies commence or
Expenses: finish mid year.
You are responsible for paying rent, electricity, gas, water, You are also required to pay for one semester’s rent in
telephone and food costs when renting a property. advance before you move in.
If you have any questions please talk to the CELC Housing Short Term Accomodation
Coordinator in 208.129C.
Students can also chose to be accommodated short term
in hostel accommodation (from $55 per night) or hotel
accommodation (from $90 per night).
Planning YOur BuDgEt
Student Finances Text books Suggested Weekly Budget (A$)
Students also need to budget around A$150– A$400
Establishment Costs for text and reference books per semester. Some books Service/ Homestay Share Rental property (single) Rental property (Family
We recommend that you arrive in Australia with at least are available at the Curtin Student Guild’s Second-hand Commodity House of 4)
A$400 and have easy access to a further A$2,000 for Bookshop and also from students who advertise on notice
your first week in Australia. It is not advisable to carry boards around campus. Check that your books are current Accommodation $230 from $140 $250 (unfurnished) from $350 (unfurnished)
substantial amounts of cash on you. Use traveller’s for your course. $300 (fully furnished)
cheques, bankdrafts or money orders. Utlities nil $20 $25 $25
Transport Water, gas,
You may require the A$2,000 to pay for costs associated electricity
with obtaining permanent housing, for example, bond Motor Vehicle Expenses
money, rent in advance (usually two weeks) and utility Students intending to purchase a motor vehicle will incur
connections such as electricity, gas and telephone additional expenses such as petrol, insurance and license Food nil $80 $80 $180
connection. costs. It is also advisable to purchase motor vehicle Groceries & meals
insurance in the event of an accident or theft. Goods and
Services Tax (GST) may apply to some of the items listed Public Transport $15 $15 $15 $35
Living expenses vary depending upon financial resources, above. Total $245 $255 $370 -$420 from $590
tastes, interests and type of accommodation.
Students and parents are advised to set out a budget Parking Fees
according to individual student needs to begin with, this Students who plan to drive to Curtin will need to purchase This table is intended as a guide only
should be flexible enough to allow for changes. a student parking permit upon arrival.
The annual fee for a student parking permit is currently
Opening a bank account A$155.
Students arriving in Australia who need to open
a bank account will need to visit a bank branch, Public Transport
taking with them their passport for identification. Buses, trains and ferries in Perth are operated by
Students are not able to open an Australian bank Transperth, the Western Australian Government’s
account while overseas. transport system. Full-time students are eligible
for significant concessions on bus and train fares. Tickets
Clearing of Bankdrafts are interchangeable on buses, trains and ferries and are
Please note that it will take approximately 6-8 weeks for valid for one-and-a-half hours from time of purchase.
bankdrafts to be cleared by Australian banks.
Students are advised to carry the correct amount in
Students wishing to transfer money from overseas will change or purchase a Smartrider ticket, see CELC staff
need to know and include the SWIFT code, account for information. Costs vary, depending on the number of
number and BSB number of the account to be deposited travel zones covered.
into or send via Telegraphic Transfer or in a bankdraft.
For more information visit the Transperth website
stuDEnts unDEr 18 hEalth insurancE
Students studying under 18 years Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) When Does the Membership Begin?
Ensuring the welfare arrangements of underage students Once documentation and formalities are completed, Mr The Australian Government requires international students OSHC will be activated from when you land
are met is a priority for staff at the Curtin English Tan advises CELC, and we will complete necessary visa to be covered by health insurance for the length of their in Australia.
Language Centre. CELC liaises with local carers to ensure application documentation. student visa.
the welfare, pastoral care and academic issues for each Students must purchase Overseas Student Health Cover What Does My OSHC Cover?
student are monitored throughout their period of study. If parents wish to nominate a parent-approved local (OSHC) from a registered health provider, approved by the OSHC providers allow students to claim 100 per cent of
carer they should contact the Student Advisor on +618 Australian Government Department of Health and Aged the fee for a standard medical consultation.
The Curtin English Language Centre and Curtin University 9266 3252 or email: email@example.com Care. You will need to purchase OSHC to be granted a OSHC does not cover dental treatment, optical
are bound by certain legal requirements and are not student visa. OSHC must be paid before you come to treatment or physiotherapy. It is strongly recommended
able to arrange guardianship/local carer or homestay CELC requires the following documentation with the local Australia in order to cover you when you arrive. that students take out additional
accommodation for underage students; this is the sole carer application form for parent approved local carers. health cover directly with their provider to cover
responsibility of parents. Who are the Approved Providers? these services. A qualifying period applies for
• Two character references There are four providers: some services.
Students between 16 and 18 years of age will be • Medical certificate advising nominated local carer • OSHC Worldcare www.oshcworldcare.com.au
permitted to study at Curtin if: is medically fit to assume the role of carer • Medibank Private www.medibank.com.au Students should be aware that if they renew
• BUPA Overseas Student Health Cover their visa offshore, or take a leave of absence
• They have a DIAC category approved blood • Working with Children Check – forms available from
www.overseasstudenthealth.com from their studies and a new visa is issued from
relative who may act as carer, or Post Offices.
• Australian Health Management Group abroad, they will again be subject to a qualifying
• Parents are able to access the use of the Curtin www.oshc.com.au period for some services.
Once all documentation is available, this should be
approved external provider of Local carer services, forwarded to the Student Advisor. This information is
Tann Advisory Services (see below for contact Curtin will only process payments for OSHC Worldcare. How Long Can I Purchase OSHC For?
processed and the proposed Local Carer is required to
details), or If students wish to use another provider, they will need It is a Curtin requirement that international
attend an interview at CELC where further documentation
to make their own payment arrangements and show students pay program-length OSHC.
• A local carer approved by the parents of the is completed and forwarded to relevant Curtin authorities.
evidence of payment for visa application.
underage student (please see requirements Please note parents should allow a period of at least 4
Program-length OSHC ensures that students will not
below). weeks if they wish to use this option.
For further information regarding all OSHC have to pay any premium increase for the length of their
Government-approved providers, visit www.international. course, subject to Goods & Services Tax (GST). Students
If a blood relative is nominated by the parents the Parents/Local Carers
curtin.edu.au/health will be entitled to a refund of any outstanding balance if
Local Carer form can be downloaded (from celc.curtin. Please ensure all conditions and requirements are read
they leave Australia prematurely, provided there is at least
edu.au), all relevant information completed and forwarded and understood prior to signing document. Please note
How Much Is It? one month before their health cover expires.
to Pam Coles, CELC Student Advisor, fax number +61 signatures are required on two pages.
OSHC Worldcare Fees for 2010 (A$)
8 9266 3186 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or
Premiums for program-length cover should be
telephone +618 9266 3252. Please note: Curtin College is a privately owned education Period of Authorised Stay Single Student & paid when accepting an offer of a place.
provider who operates on Curtin campus. Curtin College in Australia Family
If parents wish to use the Curtin approved external and CELC have different requirements regarding underage
6 Months $190 $380 Visa Requirements
provider please contact Mr Paul Tan directly – student enrolments, so please contact both providers for
Students MUST ensure their health cover is paid up at
clarification. 12 Months $380 $760
24 Months $722 $1,444 all times. If not valid the student visa can be cancelled
Telephone: +618 9310 3218
36 Months $1,077 $2,154 and if students require medical treatment they will be
Mobile: 0419 911 932 Please contact Pam Coles, CELC Student Advisor, on
responsible for all costs.
Email: email@example.com +618 9266 3252 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you OSHC fees quoted in this guide are correct at the time of printing,
Website: www.tann.com.au have any questions or require clarification on any issues. but may be subject to change.
BEFOrE YOu lEavE
YOur hOME cOuntrY QuarantinE
Excess Baggage School age dependants It Is not an offence to brIng large amounts of money
Most economy class passengers have a baggage limit Dependants of international students may be enrolled in
of 20 kilograms. Further information regarding excess either government or non-government schools in Western Into australIa. the offence Is not declarIng It.
baggage requirements is available from travel agents. Australia. A list of government schools is available at
Medicines A list of non-government schools is available Australia has a unique environment that is free from many – containing substances which are prohibited
It should be noted that pharmaceutical products at www.des.wa.gov.au of the pests and diseases found elsewhere in the world. If without a permit (these include narcotics,
in Australia can be quite expensive compared to you are visiting Australia, you must be aware of Australian amphetamines, hallucinogens, barbiturates,
other countries. In government schools, the fee per year (or part Quarantine laws. vaccines, anabolic and androgenic steroids,
thereof) is as follows: growth hormones, and erythropoietin [EPO]).
Medications such as antibiotics and antihistamines will It is extremely important that all items of an animal or – regarded as performance enhancers in sport.
require a doctor’s prescription and may cost approximately Kindergarten & part-time Pre-Primary A$3000 plant nature are declared upon arrival in Australia. No
A$20 for a course (a course of antibiotics usually runs (aged 4 by 30 June) matter how small or trivial your items may seem, they may • Medicines that should be declared include prescribed
for five days). Some milder antihistamines may be be potentially harmful to Australian flora and fauna. medications; non-prescription, complementary, alternative,
bought over-the-counter and may cost around A$12. A Full-time Pre-Primary (aged 5 by 30 June) A$5600 herbal and traditional medicines; vitamins and mineral
pain-relieving tablet such as paracetamol or aspirin may • Upon entry to Australia by plane or ship, students are preparations; and nutritional and dietary supplements.
be purchased at supermarkets without a prescription. Primary School (Years 1 – 7) A$5600 required to complete an Incoming Passenger Card. This
(aged 6 by 30 June) card must be read carefully and completed truthfully. • Do not carry illicit substances into or out of Australia.
Clothing Penalties for drug offences in Australia are severe and
For everyday wear, students favour comfortable, casual Secondary School (Years 8 – 12)(aged 13 A$5800 • It is important to remember that the Incoming could result in a jail term. Health-related examinations are
clothes. Men tend to wear jeans and T-shirts, while by 31 December) Passenger Card is a legal document and any false required in order to enter Australia. Students are advised
women generally choose jeans, T-shirts and skirts. Upper Secondary (Years 11-12) (aged 16) A$7500 declaration can lead to prosecution resulting in a heavy to visit the following websites prior to departure to obtain
fine or imprisonment, or both. information on health regulations that may affect
September to February are the warmer months, with Fees can vary between private schools, but are generally international students entering Australia:
average temperatures ranging from 18 to 30 degrees between A$5,000 and A$11,000 each year. • If you are carrying A$10,000 or more cash, or the Department of Health (www.health.wa.gov.au);
Celsius. In summer months, lightweight T-shirts and equivalent in foreign currency with you to Australia, you Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service
shorts are favoured by most. Masters, PhD and AusAID students who prefer their MUST declare the money on your Incoming Passenger (AQIS) (www.aqis.gov.au).
dependants to attend a public school should contact the Card. You are also required to declare the money to any
March to August are generally colder months with average International Office for more information, as they may be Australian Customs Officials if questioned upon arrival. Students should also check with the Australian
temperatures ranging from 7 to 19 degrees Celsius. entitled to free or subsidised schooling. Failure to declare this money may result in the money Diplomatic Mission in their home country prior to
A warm waterproof jacket is necessary for the winter being taken from you and you may also be arrested departure for any further updates.
months. Please note, children of students completing the English and prosecuted.
Language Bridging Programs are NOT eligible for free For more information about Australian quarantine laws,
schooling. For more information, please visit the please contact the Australian High Commission/Embassy
Customs website at www.customs.gov.au in your country, or visit the AQIS website.
• All animal and plant products, including food items, If you have any doubts about quarantine laws when you
must be declared for inspection and will be returned in arrive in Australia, ask to speak to a Quarantine Officer
most cases. after you have collected your baggage. You will find them
• All drugs and medicines should be declared for helpful and understanding.
inspection, especially products:
Please note that this information is intended as a guide only.
nEED tO knOW stuDEnt rEsPOnsiBilitiEs
Student Employment Study Load Student Responsibilities
International students can work up to 20 hours per week In order to meet student visa requirements, international
during semester and unlimited hours during course students must undertake and maintain a full-time study • Inform themselves of, and comply with, all relevant laws, It is also the student’s responsibility to ensure that:
breaks. load in each study period. University Statutes, rules, by-laws, the University’s Guiding
Ethical Principles, policies and procedures relating to their • They arrive in Perth in time to settle into permanent
Students are advised that part-time employment may Students should be aware that if they fail a unit, they may rights and responsibilities as a student. accommodation and attend Orientation week.
distract them from their studies and they should not rely not be able to satisfy the full-time study load, as not all
on part-time work to pay for their tuition fees or other units are available each semester. • Participate constructively in the learning experience. • All enrolment details are correct.
This may result in students having to return home to • Be aware of information on course requirements, unit • The University is informed of a local address within
Tax File Number re-apply for admission, which may also incur additional requirements and academic progress. seven days of arrival in Australia.
The Australian Federal Government requires anyone costs for tuition, visa application and living expenses.
working in Australia or with an Australian bank account to • Behave in an appropriate manner within the learning • The University is informed of any change in address. The
have a Tax File Number. Banks must be provided with a Driving in Perth environment, showing respect for both staff and fellow University must be able to contact students to inform them
Tax File Number to ensure that the correct tax is charged students. of any events in which the students must participate.
on any interest earned on an account. Tax File Number As an international student, you can drive on your
application forms are available from CELC. Forms must be overseas licence for entire periods of your student visa • Act at all times honestly and responsibly in relation to • The student visa remains current. The visa should reflect
lodged at the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) and students or until the licence expires (whichever comes first). You academic matters and the use of University facilities. the specified length of the course in which the student is
must take their passport and Student ID Card with them. must carry an International Driving Permit or an approved enrolled in.
You may also apply online via the ATO website at English translation of your licence (if you have either of • Recognise that cheating, plagiarism and fabrication or
www.ato.gov.au Please see the Student Advisor if you these) with you when you drive. If you are driving with falsification of data are not acceptable. • Course requirements are satisfied and a valid enrolment
require further information. an international licence, you should ensure that your is maintained. These are conditions of the student visa.
insurance policy covers you in the event of an accident. • Adhere to the proper use of copyright material.
Contact Details Some students have had insurance claims rejected by • Health cover is maintained and paid by the due date. If
It is an Australian Government requirement that their insurance company because they have not had a • Act at all times with respect for the rights of others, and health cover expires, benefits payable will be suspended.
international students maintain up to date contact address Western Australian Driver’s Licence. to be sensitive to and embrace diversity. It is also a violation of the student visa if OSHC lapses.
details, including an Australian residential address and
phone number with the University. Change of address You can apply to have the licence transferred to Western • They are available during the examination period. Any
details must be lodged with the University within seven Australia through the Department of Planning and travel arrangements should be scheduled for after the
days. Students can change personal details on OASIS Infrastructure. In order to legally drive on West Australian examination period.
(Curtin student computer portal), it is also required that roads, you will need to visit a licensing centre or agent,
students provide family contact details. provide proof of identity in a variety of ways, pass eyesight • Mobile phones are switched off during lectures, tutorials
tests and pay the appropriate fees. and when in the library.
• They access OASIS (the online student portal) regularly
and check the Official Communications Channel (OCC).
curtin sPOnsOrED stuDEnts
POliciEs anD PrOcEDurEs (nOn-ausaiD)
Diversity Policy Prospective students with disabilities or medical Who is a Sponsored Student? Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Curtin recognises, respects and values the diversity of conditions are advised to discuss their individual needs A sponsored student is an individual that receives money The university does not issue invoices for OSHC.
its students and staff and the Curtin community. The with University Counselling staff before accepting their towards their studies from a private organisation or Only invoices for tuition fees are provided to sponsoring
University’s Diversity Policy and supporting procedures offer. foreign government. Individuals who receive money from a organisations.
outline its commitment to valuing diversity and cultural relative are not sponsored students.
sensitivity in teaching and all other areas of the Students with disabilities or medical conditions will Payment for OSHC should be made separately by bank
University’s operation. It recognises and builds on the be examined by the Department of Immigration and How to Apply as a Sponsored Student draft, Telegraphic Transfer or credit card and forwarded
many different cultures and backgrounds that make Citizenship (DIAC) when student visa applications are If you are being sponsored for your studies at Curtin, you directly to Curtin with the completed Acceptance of Offer.
up the Curtin community. If at any time students feel processed. must indicate this on your International Application for Students may need to arrange payment themselves and
disadvantaged on the basis of difference due to diversity, Admission form. then contact their sponsor for reimbursement (refer to
they can discuss their concerns confidentially with staff in International students with disabilities or medical page 13 for further
Ethics, Equity & Social Justice. conditions who have been issued with a student visa, or Your indicated sponsor will then receive a Sponsorship information on OSHC).
those who become disabled whilst studying in Western Agreement with a schedule attached. Your sponsor must
Equal Opportunity Policy Australia, are provided with support from the University. sign the Agreement and complete all sponsorship details Some sponsor organisations have made separate
The University complies with equal opportunity legislation The University has committed confidential support on the attached schedule. Both documents must be sent arrangements with Curtin. Please ensure you know what
set in place by the Government of Western Australia, and services for students with disabilities and medical to the International Office for processing. the arrangements are between Curtin and your sponsor.
is committed to ensuring that all students are treated fairly conditions.
while studying at Curtin. All sponsored students are required to complete the On Arrival
Please contact University Counselling Services, Disclosure of Information Form. This form can be Please visit the CELC Student Advisor. It is essential to do
Appeals and Complaints Telephone +61 8 9266 7850, or visit the website downloaded from the International Office website at this.
Curtin University has official procedures to assist students www.counselling.curtin.edu.au international.curtin.edu.au/sponsored students. By
in resolving concerns about academic and other matters. completing the Disclosure of Information form you are Sponsorship Variations
Please note that student visa applications require allowing the University to release information to your If a student wishes to change any aspect of their sponsors
For example, the University has formal appeal procedures disclosure of pre-existing disabilities/medical sponsor in relation to your academic studies at Curtin. agreed funding details (e.g. course change or extension of
for students who wish to have an assessment grade conditions. Nondisclosure may result in subsequent sponsorship), the student must seek the approval from the
reviewed. See complaints.curtin.edu.au cancellation of visa. Payment of Tuition Fees sponsor before this can be done. The student must ensure
It is the responsibility of the student to provide the sponsor that the sponsor sends an approval letter detailing course
Curtin has a Grievance Resolution Officer located in with a copy of their Letter of Offer and Acceptance of changes, funding commitments, course commencement
Building 100 on Curtin’s Bentley campus. The Grievance Offer, so the sponsor can make the first payment of the and end dates to the International Office. Upon receipt of
Resolution Officer is available to assist all Curtin students semester’s tuition fees. Thereafter, the University will the approval letter, the International Office will issue a new
and staff with any grievance. Step by step details of the send all invoices for the tuition fees only to the sponsor. Letter of Offer for the approved course.
grievance procedure are available from the University Students who are sponsored by a private organisation or
Counselling website www.counselling.curtin.edu.au foreign government must ensure that the sponsoring body *AusAID students please refer to the Pre-Departure Guide for
completes the Sponsorship Agreement to confirm tuition ADS, APS & ALA students.
Students with Disabilities fee and sponsorship arrangements. If the sponsoring
body does not return the Sponsorship Agreement to
the International Office, the student will be liable for the
payment of their own tuition fees.
Sponsored students should inform their sponsors that
living expenses should not be sent with tuition fee
payments, as the University does not disburse student
Curtin English Language Centre Refund Policy $88.00 (2010) $99.00 (2011)
For the purpose of the Refund Policy a ‘course’ is defined as the total period of pre-paid tuition at Curtin English Language
Centre (CELC) as described in Acceptance of Offer.
• The enrolment fee is payable once only and is non The Department of Education Services of Western Australia
refundable. The accommodation application fee and has appointed a Conciliator for international students
airport reception fee are also non refundable studying in Western Australia. The Conciliator has an
independent grievance handling/dispute resolution role
and can be contacted on (Tel) +61 8 9441 1953, (Fax)
• If a student cancels their course in writing 28 days or +61 8 9441 1950 or (Email) email@example.com.
more before the course commences, a full refund of tuition au.
fees will be paid (less an administration charge of $230)
This agreement does not remove the student’s right to
• If a student cancels their course in writing less than 28 take further action under Australia’s consumer protection
days before the course commences, a refund of 70% of laws.
tuition fees will be paid (less an administration charge of
Application for refund
• If a student withdraws and leaves the course (greater The Application for Refund Form can be obtained from the
than 10 weeks in duration) 0 to 28 days after the course CELC website on www.celc.curtin.edu.au. Please submit .
commences, a refund of 30% of tuition fees will be paid the form either in person to CELC Reception in Building
(less an administration charge of $230) 208 Room 129C or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No
refund will be processed if the Application for Refund form
is received after 6 months of the last module attended.
• If a course is of 10 weeks duration or less, no refund is
payable after a student commences studying at CELC ;
How long does the process take?
Refunds will be paid within 28 days of CELC receiving the
• If a visa application is denied, CELC will give a full completed Application for Refund Form with supporting ;
refund of tuition fees provided CELC receives a copy of the documents. .
Australian Embassy Visa rejection letter
How will I receive my refund?
• A full refund of all fees will be paid if CELC withdraws
the offer or fails to provide the course offered and the Refunds will be paid to the person who entered into the
provider default provisions of the Commonwealth ESOS Act contract or, if you enrol through a representative and give
2000 ( section 27.1) apply us written permission, the refund can be paid through your
• No refund is payable if CELC withdraws the student
from a course because the student has seriously breached
international student visa conditions or CELC’s rules
Appeal Against Refund
If a student is dissatisfied with the outcome of an
application for a refund, a written appeal may be submitted
to the Centre Manager by emailing celc-refunds@curtin.
NB: Curtin staff are unable to carry student’s luggage.
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Curtin English Language Centre (CELC)
Curtin University of Technology
PO Box U1987
Tel: + 61 8 9266 7617
Fax: +61 8 9266 3186
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