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Why study in Australia?

10 reasons to study in Australia

Did you know Australia has the third highest number of international students in the world behind only the United Kingdom and the United States despite having a population of only 23 million? This isn’t surprising when you consider Australia has seven of the top 100 universities in the world! In fact, with over 22,000 courses across 1,100 institutions, Australia sits above the likes of Germany, the Netherlands and Japan, ranking eighth in the Universitas 2012 U21 Ranking of National Higher Education Systems.

These are strong academic credentials, but our institutions are just as highly rated as the cities that house them around the country. Australia has five of the 30 best cities in the world for students based on student mix, affordability, quality of life, and employer activity – all important elements for students when choosing the best study destination. And with more than A$200 million provided by the Australian Government each year in international scholarships, we’re making it easier for you to come and experience the difference an Australian education can make to your future career opportunities.

Do you have a specific study area of interest? There is every chance Australia has you covered, with at least one Australian university in the top 50 worldwide across the study areas of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Life & Agricultural Sciences, Clinical Medicine & Pharmacy, and Physics.

Given this impressive education pedigree, it’s not surprising there are now more than 2.5 million former international students who have gone on to make a difference after studying in Australia. Some of these students are among the world’s finest minds. In fact, Australia has produced 15 Nobel prize laureates and every day over 1 billion people around the world rely on Australian discoveries and innovations – including penicillin, IVF, ultrasound, Wi-Fi, the Bionic Ear, cervical cancer vaccine and Black Box Flight Recorders – to make their lives, and the lives of others, better.

Why wouldn’t you want to study with some of the best minds in the world?

About Australian education

Australia offers a diverse range of study options for international students, with more than 1,200 institutions and over 22,000 courses to choose from.

You can study at all levels of education from primary and secondary school, to vocational education and training (VET), from English language courses to higher education (including universities).

Regardless of what you are studying or how long you are studying for, Australia’s laws promote quality education and protection for international students.

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000(opens in a new window) and the National Code of Practice(opens in a new window) for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) provide nationally consistent standards for providers of education and training for international students.

As an international student on a student visa, you must study with an institution and in a course that is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration guarantees that the course and the institution at which you study meet the high standards expected by international students. You can search for courses and institutions here on the Study in Australia website.

Along with the ESOS Act and National Code, there are also regulatory and quality assurance organisations for higher education and VET institutions. These government organisations are responsible for registration/re-registration of institutions and accreditation/re-accreditation of courses. These organisations are:

So no matter the type of course you want to study, how long you want to study for or where you want to study, you can be assured that in Australia you will have a high quality and rewarding study experience.

About Australia

Australia, the kangaroo nation, is a headmost global education hub world’s best educational facilities and tutors. Despite only 23 billion of the population, it has the third place in the world’s education system.  8 out of 100 top universities are Australian universities. In the university ranking system, it falls in the ninth place ahead of Germany, New Zealand, and Japan. The island nation has 1100 universities enclosing 22000 courses.Their government spends almost $200,000,000 in the international student scholarship. There are hundreds of reasons behind these supreme figures. However, nature view, beautiful infrastructure, and peaceful climate are irrefutable reasons behind its popularity among overseas students. Let’s get more detailed knowledge about the country and their endless opportunities along with incredible beauty.

A natural wonderland of sublime glamour, breathtaking beaches, incredible ancient rock formations, crystal blue waters and pristine rainforests, Australia is the sixth-largest country in the world with the lowest population density per square kilometer. The majority of the Australian flora and fauna could not be found in other parts of the world and their lifestyle is one-of-its-kind. The capital of Australia is Canberra which is another beautiful state of the country.

Australian Capital Territory: The youngest of Australia States and Territory legislatures is the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), Territory and not a State. It is the home of Canberra, the Australian Capital.

Northern Territory: The Northern Territory, Territory and not a State, has Darwin as its Capital. It is highly celebrated for Uluru, earlier popular as the Ayres Rock. This ancient monolith is purely spellbinding and a treat to the human senses. It captures the imagination and leaves the visitors mesmerized; that too with a deep sense of wonder they hardly experienced ever.

New South Wales: Recognized as the home to Sydney, New South Wales is one of the most charming and delightful states in the world. The boundaries of the state span from the sub-tropical northern border with Queensland to the extra moderate Victorian border.

Queensland: Queensland is bisected by the Tropic of Capricorn, and is rightly known as the Sunshine State of Australia. The Capital of Queensland, Brisbane, is one of the fastest emerging cities in Australia and it provides an exceptional dais for touring the Gold Coast, popularly known as Australia’s Playground, and the Sunshine Coast which is famous for its surfing beaches, rainforests and elegant resorts like Noosa.

South Australia: South Australia is overwhelmed with adorable attractions to allure the visitors. Adelaide, the state capital of South Australia which is renowned as the City of Churches, is a lovely small paradise and is perhaps quainter than any other mainland capital.

Tasmania: Tasmania, the Apple Isle, showcase glorious lakes, majestic mountains, rivers, beaches, waterfalls, and much more. It makes a strong statement about how effortless it is to go across the whole island in just a matter of few days. Historic settlements of the quaint stone cottages that have been transformed into comfy and cherished accommodation dot the landscape.

Victoria: Victoria is Australia’s smallest and the most densely populated state with Melbourne as its Capital. Melbourne, dominated by trams, is a fine medley of old European sophistication and the trends of the modern world. This small State, tenderly known as the Garden State, reaps a strong advantage from its comprehensive road network and is therefore great for a touring holiday.

Western Australia: Western Australia is the largest of all Australian states. Perth, the City of Lights, is the Capital and the largest city in Western Australia. It enjoys a Mediterranean climate all-year-round and is surrounded by gorgeous gardens and reserves which are in deep contrast with the Outback terrain lying beyond them.

Application step-by-step process model:

Step 1: Student Inquiry and Application

Step 2: International Admission Assessment (Assessment of Application for Academic & English eligibility).

Step 3: Student Acceptance (Returns the signed acceptance of offer letter & pay relevant fees).

Step 4: International Admissions Acceptance (Create Confirmation of Enrolment (COE); schedule compulsory health insurance (OSHC) and forward pre-departure and orientation information).

Step 5: Student applies for Student Visa (Department of Immigration and Citizenship).

Step 6: Students Travel and Accommodation arrangement.

Step 7: Student Arrival in Australia (Post arrival Advice) .

Step 8: International Student Orientation (Enrolment & Complete Information).

Step 9: Student receives basic services (ex: Bank account, OSHC, Phones, etc..).

Step 10: Academic Information and Orientation.

Step 11: Academic Classes start.


The costs of studying in Australia depend on the institution and the level of study you choose. As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study. You can use the Course Search on this website to find courses and see details such as their tuition fees. There may be additional costs for your course, including course materials and access to institutional facilities.

The list below gives you an indication of the range of course costs for different types of qualifications.

·         School - $7,800 to $30,000

·         English language studies - Around $300 per week depending on course length

·         Vocational Education and Training (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma)    - $4,000 to $22,000

·         Undergraduate Bachelor Degree - $15,000 to $33,000*

·         Postgraduate Master’s Degree - $20,000 to $37,000*

·         Doctoral Degree - $14,000 to $37,000*

Note: This does not include high-value courses such as veterinary and medical. Please visit institution websites directly to see costs for these courses.


Eligibility Criteria for Australian Dependent Student Visa

To be eligible to enter Australian as a dependent on a student visa the following are the eligibility conditions:

For dependent spouse or partner

·         The dependent person must be your spouse (the person you are married to) or de-facto partner(including same-sex partners).

·         If the dependent is your de-facto partner, you must have been living with your partner for at least 12 months, and you share a genuine and exclusive relationship with your partner.

For dependent child

·         The dependent child must be your child or that of your partner.

·         The child must not be married or engaged to be married or in a de-facto relationship.

·         The child must be less than 18 years of age and must be still in continuous education    (i.e. studying A-levels).

Documents Required

To bring your family members as dependents on your Australian student visa you must declare your family members on your visa application form, even if they may not travel with you to Australia. If you do not declare all family members in your visa application, they will not be eligible to apply for a dependent visa once you arrive in Australia.

In case you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, then you must include all members of your family on your original Form 157A (Application for a student visa).

In case you are applying for family members to join you after you have started your course in Australia, then you must submit the following documents:

·         Form 919 (Nomination of student dependents).

·         Form 157A (Application for a student visa).

·         An original letter from the education provider stating:

1.       The course you are studying.

2.      The duration of the course and the expected date of completion.

3.      If you are satisfying all course requirements.

·         Evidence of having enough money to support your dependents in Australia.

·         Evidence of your relationship with your dependents in the form of an officially issued birth certificate and marriage certificate.

·         Evidence of school enrollment for your school-aged dependents.

·         Evidence of health insurance for each dependent.

Rights Granted Under Australian Dependent Student Visa

Dependent partners are granted work rights in Australia. These rights depend on the course of study of the student. These rights are:

·         A dependent partner can study in Australia for any course of 3 months or lesser duration.

·         For a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, the dependent partner will be allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight.

·         For a student pursuing a master’s degree or a doctorate degree or doing research work, the dependent partner will have full and unlimited work rights.

Steps to follow to apply for Australian Dependent Student Visa

To get your Australian dependent visa you will have to be nominated by your partner in his/her application for Australia student visa, or he/she will have to nominate you while already studying in Australia.

Step 1: Complete the nomination form

Your first step is to fill up the nomination form, Form 919. Do not forget to put your signature on the application form.

Step 2: Gather the required documents for the application

Make a checklist of the documents that are needed to submit along with the application form. Gather all the documents and keep them ready.

Step 3: Send the nomination form to your dependent

Send the completed nomination form along with the required documents to your dependent overseas.

Step 4: Fill up the application form

Your dependent must complete the form 157A Application for an Australian student dependent visa.

Step 5: Submit both the forms

Your dependent must submit the form 157A Application and the form 919 Nomination along with the required documents to an Australian mission or consulate near him/her.

Step 6: Pay required application fee

Your dependent must pay the applicable fee for the dependent student visa at the time of submitting the application form.

Step 7: Collect the dependent visa

After the dependent visa is issued your dependent must collect it on time.

Required Fees for Australian Dependent Student Visa

Before submitting your application form, check the latest fee required for a dependent student visa on the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, Australian Government.


·         Your application fee will not be refunded if your application for a dependent visa is refused or rejected for any reason.

·         The conversion into Indian currency is based on current conversion rates, which may change.

·         The visa application fee is subject to change at any time.

Dos and Don’ts for Australian Dependent Student Visa

You must remember the following dos and don’ts for Australian Dependent Student Visa.


·         Declare your family members in your Australian student visa application form, even if they may not travel with you to Australia.

·         Fill up your application form carefully with all accurate details as incomplete application forms will not be accepted under any circumstances.

·         Bring original copies and photocopies of all supporting documents when you come to submit your application form at the VFS Global.


·         Do not present false documents for your visa.

·         Do not hide or misrepresent facts in your application.


Australia has the highest minimum wage of all developed nations. The national minimum wage is currently $17.29 per hour (before tax), and as a student, you cannot work for more than 40 hours every two weeks. You will get your wage weekly (every week), or once in 2 weeks (fortnightly). Your employer has to pay tax and superannuation on behalf of you. You can ask for your money from tax every end of financial year (July) and from superannuation fund after you have already left Australia. During weekends and holidays, wages are usually higher than on working days. The calculation is on average your regular wage multiplied by 1.5 for weekends and multiplies by 2.5 for public holidays). This rule is not generally applicable to all employers.

The average wage in Australia can vary according to:

    • The place where you apply for a job (in big cities and city centers you can usually have higher wages).
    • The period of the year when you apply for a job (during the holiday season you have a bigger change to get a better-paid job).
    • Your personal experience, education etc.

What factors can influence my earnings?

According to your student visa conditions, you can work in Australia legally up to 40 hours every two weeks during your course and without any limits in the time between two courses – during your holidays. It takes usually one month to find a job, and you have one month after you finish the school when you can work without any limits. The gross wage per hour is AU$ 18 on average. The rate of your income tax depends on the length of your stay.

Can the type of my school influence my income?

The important factor is also the type of your course, as students who study at vocational education and training schools (VET) have usually full-time study only for 36 weeks per year, and have 16 weeks of holidays in a year. You can also benefit from a combination of English language course and vocational school or university, as you can get from four to eight weeks of holidays in that way, and you can work without 20-hours limits during these holidays.


The Australian education system provides primary, secondary, and tertiary education.


School education is similar across all of Australia with only minor variations between states and territories. School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:

·         Primary school - Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.

·         Secondary school - Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.

·         Senior secondary school - Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.


Tertiary education includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET).


English is the official language of Australia and the main language of instruction in the education system. Many schools offer bilingual programs or programs in other languages.


The Australian education system is distinguished from many other countries by the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF). The AQF was established in 1995 and is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training) in addition to the school-leaving certificate; the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education.

The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system. This allows you to move easily from one level of study to the next, and from one institution to another, as long as you satisfy student visa requirements. It allows for choice and flexibility in career planning. All qualifications in the AQF help prepare you for both further study and your working life.

If you are studying an AQF qualification, you can be sure that your institution is Government-authorized and nationally accredited, and that your degree or other AQF qualification will be genuine.

Australian Qualification Framework

Qualification Framework
AQF LevelDescription SummariesQualificationsTime

Level 10

Graduates at this level will have a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialized research skills for the advancement of learning and/or for professional practice.Doctoral degree3 to 4 years

Level 9

Graduates at this level will have specialized knowledge and skills for research, and/or professional practice and/or further learning.- Masters degree (extended)
- Masters degree (Coursework)
- Masters degree (Research)
- 3 to 4 years
- 1 to 2 years
- 1 to 2 years

Level 8

Graduates at this level will have advanced knowledge and skills for professional/ highly skilled work and/or further learning.- Graduate diploma
- Graduate certificate
- Bachelor honors degree
- 1 to 2 years
- 6 months to 1 year
- 1 year
- 3 to 4 years

Level 7

Graduates at this level will have the broad and coherent knowledge and skills for professional work and/or further learning.- Bachelor degree- 3 to 4 years
Level 6Graduates at this level will have broad knowledge and skills for paraprofessional/ highly skilled work and/or further learning.- Associate degree
- Advanced Diploma
- 1.5 to 2 years
- 1.5 to 2 years
Level 5Graduates at this level will have specialized knowledge and skills for skilled/ paraprofessional work and/or further learning.- Diploma- 1 to 2 years
Level 4Graduates at this level will have the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for specialized and/or skilled work and/or further learning.- Certificate IV- 1 year
Level 3Graduates at this level will have the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills for work and/or further learning.- Certificate III- 6 months
Level 2Graduates at this level will have knowledge and skills for work in a defined context and/or further learning.- Certificate II- Non-Ter




Mining, Energy and Utilities, Healthcare, Banking, and Finance, as well as the Industrial and Materials Industries continue to drive growth and investment globally into the Australian economy as prominent sectors by market capitalization. Australia is also substantiating healthy prospects for growth in a range of other emerging sectors. 

Organic Farming, Investment Banking and Securities, Biotechnology, Power Generation and Online Information Services are only some of the super-growth sectors that have been predicted to experience employment growth and have an extensive impact on the economy of Australia and the world over the next 5 years (IBIS Report). 

Deloitte’s research indicates healthy prospects for a variety of sectors in the Australian economy over the next 20 years that are expected to add $400 Billion over that period. 

The report concludes that Agribusiness, Gas, Tourism, International Education, and Wealth Management will have the greatest impact over this period on employment and the GDP as these sectors offer both high growth rates and Australia’s competitive advantage.

Financial requirement

You must have enough money to pay for travel, tuition and living expenses for at least one year of your stay in Japan. Generally Nepalese students demonstrate 15,00,000NPR -25,00,000NPR of total fund for the application process. You need to provide specified documentary evidence of your financial capacity during the application process. The type of evidences include:

·         Bank/co-operative balance or educational loan with an approved financial institution/ co-operative   financial institution.

·         Annual income reports.

·         Property valuation.

You also need to present 3 years bank/co-operative statement if your money is deposited in a bank/co-operative.

Note: Nobody in immigration will have access to this money – you must only PROVE it is in the bank.



Who can sponsor for your study

•          Your spouse (husband/wife)

•          One of your parents

•          A grandparent

•          Your brother or sister