AUSTRALIA: A Destination for Higher Studies

Australia, a place of endless possibilities is one of most popular destinations for higher studies abroad. It's always among top five popular study destinations for international students. No doubt the other countries like Canada, US & New Zealand release their international education strategies time to time to attract more students. Even asian countries like Singapore & Malaysia also revamp their strategies and efforts to attract more students but still Australia is maintaining it's position. In 2012, Australian government has also relaxed visa rules for international students. Indian students also see Australia as one of best choice.

Australia: Place of Endless Opportunities
Australia: Place of Endless Opportunities
Always waiting for YOU
Always waiting for YOU

Knight Reforms & SVP

Australian government has implemented reforms suggested by Knight Commission. As per new rules under streamlined visa process (SVP) student applying for Australian Visa has to show less documentation and less show money. Streamlined visa processing is designed for international students applying to study in Australia at a participating university. A list of participating Universities and College has been released. Under this system, applicants are treated as though they are lower migration risk (similar to the current Assessment Level 1) regardless of their country of origin.

Australia: States & Territories
Australia: States & Territories

'Australian Study Visa' Requirements

If you are planning to study in Australia, you will need to obtain Australian study visa. Visa officer assessing your application will check your application from different aspects. Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has set different requirements that student must fulfil. These requirements are as under

  • Genuine Student
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE)
  • Financial requirements,
  • English proficiency requirements,
  • Health and Character requirements.

What is a 'Genuine Student' requirement

This requirement states that student must be genuine. In other words you have to show that you intend to obtain a valid educational outcome and that you have reasonable language, educational and material background to be a genuine student. While assessing visa application, visa office can check your English language proficiency, Sufficient finances, Prerequisite schooling (such as secondary and post-secondary education), Age requirements and Intention to comply with visa conditions.

What is 'Genuine Temporary Entrant ' (GTE)

Introduced in November 2011, the Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requires a student applying for study visa must be Genuine Temporary Entrants. This means that your primary purpose of coming to Australia on a student visa is to study and along with that you have the required English proficiency, you accept responsibility for obtaining your student visa and adhering to the conditions on your visa, you have genuine access to sufficient funds to cover your tuition costs, OSHC. In brief your purpose must be to study in Australia and nothing else.

The decision-makers at DIAC will consider the following factors:

  • The circumstances in your home country
  • The potential circumstances for you in Australia
  • The value of your chosen course to your future
  • Your immigration history
  • Any other relevant matters

While deciding whether you are both a genuine student and a GTE, you may be asked to attend an interview at your nearest Australian embassy or consulate.

New Rules under SVP introduced in (March 2012)

The Australian government has lowered visa assessment levels for students from 38 countries, including India, under which now students will be required to provide less documentary evidence to support their claims for the grant of a student visa. These may include evidence of English language proficiency, financial capacity and academic qualification. A system called SVP (Streamline Visa Processing) is started to implement new rules.

It’s an initiative implemented on the 24 March 2012 by DIAC. This was the result of a review by the Australian Government of the Australian student visa processing system. Under this system students are required to show less documentation at the visa application. Students applying under SVP will be assessed as a lower migration risk

Applying with Streamlines Visa Processing


If you are applying under SVP, first of all you need Confirmation Of Enrolment (COE) from any of participating University or College. Under SVP student can apply in Bachelor, Masters or Doctoral level as student in these courses are considered as low migration risk regardless of their country of origin. Now SVP is available for Advanced Diploma Courses.

SVP is not available to students applying in Short courses, associate degrees, Graduate Diplomas, Graduate certificates.

Another important requirement in this visa system is that student must fulfil GTE criteria.

Work while & after study
Work while & after study

Post study work permit for Students

There is arrangement of post study work permit for students completing Bachelors, Masters or Phd. This is applicable for those students who have made student visa application after 5th November 2011. To apply for PSW Visa in Australia, the applicant must have completed a Bachelor degree (or a higher level course such as a Masters or PhD) in Australia. Graduates who have completed Bachelor or Masters (Course Work ) will be eligible to apply 2 years post study work permit where are graduates completing Masters( Research) will be eligible to apply 3-4 year post study work permit.

To be eligible for post study work permit, graduate also need to fullfil other requirements of Australian study requirement.The Australian study requirement is defined as study in a course registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for a period of at least 2 academic years (92 weeks). The course should be conducted in English and duration should not be less than 16 calendar months.

English requirement is also important point to be eligible for post study permit. Candidate need to have cleared IELTS Exam with not less than 6 bands in each medule.

Under SVP system, genuine students fulfilling GTA criteria will be benefited.

Also read New Zealand: Dream Destination for Higher Studies

Australia Study Visa Reforms: Datewise
Australia Study Visa Reforms: Datewise

© 2011 Jaspal Singh

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Lovejit Singh 5 years ago

thank you very much for this clear information,,,,


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soni2006 5 years ago from New Delhi, India

Excellent writup Jaspals. I am really impressed with your writing skills.


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Jaspals 5 years ago from India / Australia Author

Dear Soni. Thanks for appreciating Hubs.


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Bhanu.Jas 5 years ago from Australia

Jaspal Australia is a beautiful aboard to live in.ur writngs wil help lot of people.


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breathing 5 years ago from Bangladesh

Yes I'm also agree with Soni2006 and Bhanu.Jas. It is really helpful for those who wanted to go abroad for studying.


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Jaspals 5 years ago from India / Australia Author

Australia is again becoming a popular international education destination for Indian students.According to the recent survey, Indian students applying in the Australian universities has increased 21 percent during the last six months this year. More than 3,700 students have applied for Australian visas this year. Australian educational institutions also engaged themselves in advertising in Indian media.


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Slihn 5 years ago from Virginia, USA

I think it makes a very strong impact when you write about this topic. Things are made to look certain ways in the media and while there's a bit of truth to certain situations, they only portray the side that brings the biggest audience. Australia is in the top 3 places to study abroad and does provide a lot of great opportunities for students. Fantastic article!


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Jaspals 5 years ago from India / Australia Author

@Slihn. Thanks for adding your valuable comments. As per reports, After two years of tumbling fortunes, the tide seems to be turning in favour of Australian universities, as more and more Indian students are opting to study Down Under.

The Australian Immigration Department has recorded a 21 percent rise in student visa applications from India in the first six months this year.

Over 3,700 Indian students have applied for Australian visa in 2011, The Age reported.


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Jaspals 3 years ago from India / Australia Author

Thanks Kayleesnider


Snigdha Patel 3 years ago

The article is stuffed with all the information that is required for study in Australia.

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