Students under 18 years

Students under 18 years

Students under 18 years of age

If you will be under 18 years of age at the commencement of your studies, you must show that you have adequate welfare arrangements in place to be granted a visa.

The Department of Home Affairs requires one of the following three welfare options to be in place for the study duration or until you turn 18, whichever happens first. If this is with a parent or other relative they must have a valid visa to live in Australia and can apply for a Student Guardian visa.

Option 1: Live with a parent or legal custodian

If you will live with your parent or legal custodian, you will need to submit the following documents:

  • International Under 18 Welfare Arrangement form, signed and approved by student and parent / legal custodian
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport identification page
  • Parent passport or National ID card  with photo and signature
  • Proof of relationship to parent if it is not evident in the previous documents
  • Legal custodian document if applicable

Option 2: Live with a suitable relative


If you will live with a relative for you during your stay in Australia, your parents and/or legal custodians will need to give their permission for this arrangement on your application form and your relative must be nominated.
See: Form 157N Nomination of a student guardian

A suitable relative is a grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew, or a step-grandparent, step-brother, step-sister, step-aunt, step-uncle, step-niece or step-nephew. The relative must be at least 21 years of age and of good character, as outlined by the Department of Home Affairs.
See: Character and police certificate requirements

Your relative can also come to Australia as your guardian on a Student Guardian visa.

If you will live with a suitable relative you will need to submit the following documents:

  • International Under 18 Welfare Arrangement form, signed and approved by student and parent / legal custodian
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport identification page
  • Parent passport or National ID card or marriage certificate
  • Proof of relationship to parent and suitable relative (if not evident in the previous documents)
  • Legal custodian document (if applicable)

Option 3: Live with a University-approved homestay

Your parent or legal custodian can give their permission for your accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements to be provided by Macquarie University.

Step 1: Choose one of the following university-approved homestay providers, then book and confirm your accommodation and guardianship arrangements directly with the homestay provider:

Homestay Network ; Australian Homestay Network ; Auzzie Families

Step 2: Submit the following documents to the Admissions Officer:

  • International Under 18 Welfare Arrangement form, signed and approved by student and parent/legal custodian
  • Proof of placement confirmation from your homestay provider (acceptable when submitted 4 weeks before the program commencement date), or
  • Homestay host profile showing details of the Homestay Host
  • Birth certificate
  • Passport identification page
  • Parent passport or National ID card
  • Proof of relationship to parent (if not evident in the previous documents)
  • Legal custodian document (if applicable)

Step 3:  Once all of the requirements are met the Admissions Officer will send you a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) and Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) Letter for your visa application. The nominated welfare period will commence seven calendar days prior to the commencement of Orientation and will conclude seven days after the end date of your course, or the day on which you turn 18, whichever date is earlier.

Important note:

  1. You must not enter Australia prior to the commencement of the nominated welfare period or your visa may be subject to cancellation.

  2. Your welfare arrangements require you to:
    • Engage in regular consultations with your assigned Student Adviser.
    • Not change your accommodation without approval from the University.
    • Contact your Student Adviser in advance, if unable to attend any of your regularly scheduled meetings and we will reschedule the meeting for another time within that same week or following week.
    • Seek permission in writing from your parents/legal guardian, Home Stay Family and Student Advocacy if you plan to sleep overnight at another residence or travel outside Sydney. This is applicable from the time of your arrival in Australia.
    • Notify your Student Adviser and discuss any problems or issues that may arise relating to your accommodation and/or welfare arrangement.
  3. If you fail to comply with the requirements, Macquarie University is obligated to notify the Department of Home Affairs which may have an impact on your student visa.

  4. You are not required to arrange student guardian services provided by a third party and Macquarie University does not endorse such student guardianship unless the guardian is appointed by a legal process.
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