International students need a student visa to study in Australia. You should apply for your visa after receiving your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA). A student visa will only be issued to students who undertake a full-time study load.
Your student visa will:
- be emailed to you by DIBP;
- be issued for the duration of your course of study or full duration of a study package; and
- enable you to re-enter Australia for the duration of your course.
From 1 July 2016 there are now two student visa subclasses:
- Student visa 500.
- Student guardian visa 501.
For further details please visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection's website:
Prior to 1 July 2016, a student visa was made up of 8 subclasses:
- 1. Independent ELICOS (570)
- 2. Schools (571)
- 3. Vocational Education and Training - TAFE courses (572)
- 4. Higher Education – Associate Degrees, University Packaging (SVP)(573)
- 5. Postgraduate research (574)
- 6. Non-award (575)
- 7. AUSAID or Defence (576)
- 8. Student guardian (580)
A guide to other Visa Subclasses
If you do not hold a student visa and need to know what your enrolment conditions are please consult the relevant visa subclass guide listed below. These guides will advise you where to enrol and the payment structure.
Vocational Course Visa Subclass Guide
ELICOS Visa Subclass Guide
Higher Education Visa Subclass Guide
Note: Commercial or course fee, where listed in the Visa Subclass guide, refers to a fee charged by the specific TAFE college. This fee is not determined by TIWA and may vary between TAFE colleges. For information about the applicable commercial or course fee please contact the relevant TAFE college directly.
How do I bring my children?
If you are studying at an Education Provider in Western Australia you will require a Confirmation of Placement from TAFE International Western Australia to secure your child’s dependant visa.
To receive a copy of your Confirmation of Placement you are required to provide the following documents:
Confirmation of Placement Request Form
- Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for the Primary Visa Holder
- Copy of the Primary Visa holders passport details page
- Copy of the child/children's passport details page
Please send these documents to the Admissions Team via email:
This Confirmation of Placement does not guarantee you an enrolment in a public primary or secondary school.
Temporary graduate visa (subclass 485)
If you would like to stay in Australia to gain work experience after completing your Australian qualification you may be eligible to apply for a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa. This visa allows you to stay in Australia for up to four years, depending on your qualifications.
View the Subclass 485 Visa Factsheet for Students pdf
Department of Immigration and Border Protection has recently made some changes to the visa application charge. Up to date information on the new visa application charges can be found on the
Requirements for Evidence of Funds
To be granted a Student visa, you are required to demonstrate and/or declare that you have genuine access to sufficient funds. This helps you make the most of your studies for a safe and enjoyable experience in Australia.
View the current financial requirements per year.
- Helpful tips to prepare your online student visa application, provided by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection provides information on student visas and how to apply.
Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the information in this document is correct at time of printing; however changes may have been made since that date. For up-to-date information regarding study visa rights please visit the
Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.