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Great news for our new students who are about to embark on their great Australian adventure!

The Australian Government has announced that international students arriving in Australia over the next eight weeks will have their visa fee rebated. Exciting news for our international students and the College community! This will save new students $630.
The students must have arrived in Australia to claim the rebate and the visa application fees will be rebated through the Australian Department of Home Affairs.


On 19 January 2022, the Australian Government announced a temporary relaxation of student visa work limits to all sectors of the economy for all ongoing international students as well as new student arrivals who wish to commence a job prior to course commencement. This means that international students can work more than 40 hours a fortnight in any sector of the economy while studying.

  • Any student who is unsure of their pay and entitlements or believes they have been underpaid while working in Australian can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman, free of charge, for information and assistance recovering unpaid entitlements.

  • The Fair Work Ombudsman’s Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 has a translation and interpreter service available and their website at has professionally translated material as well as a translator plug-in.

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13 Step International Student Pre-Departure Checklist:

Effective December 15, international students who are fully vaccinated and hold a valid visa, can enter New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT. 

The other states and territories are also on track for opening borders without quarantine once 90% vaccination rates have been achieved. 

Current information for each Australian state or territory can be accessed from the links below.

 Focus Detail Link Additional State links

Step 1:

Have you checked the quarantine status of the Australian state or territory that you are travelling to?

On arrival into Australia:

Students will need to comply each state requirements on arrival.   Currently, these are:


  • Go straight to accommodation;
  • Get a COVID-19 PCR test within 24 hours of arrival;

Australian Government links to each state:


Travelling to Victoria from outside Australia


International Student Arrival Plan

Step 2:

Where can I get a COVID-19 PCR test in Australia after arrival?

You will be required to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on arrival in Australia.

See state requirements in Step 1.

New South Wales testing sites

Victoria testing sites:

 Step 3:

Are you from a country that is still subject to travel restrictions?

 Most countries can now enter Australia without travel restrictions, with the exception of a few countries in southern Africa.  

 Step 4:

Do you have a valid visa?
 Students must hold a valid visa and understand any conditions linked to the visa  

 Step 5:

Are you fully vaccinated?
 You are fully vaccinated if you have completed a course of a Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) approved or recognized vaccine.  

Current list of vaccines approved or recognized


 Step 6:

Does your vaccination certificate meet Australian requirements?
 If you were vaccinated overseas and do not have an International COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate, you must obtain a certificate from the country in which you were vaccinated.  

Guidance on overseas vaccination certificates:


 Step 7:

Have you completed an Australian Travel Declaration (ATD) online?

This must be completed at least 72 hours before departing your home country.

When completing the ATD, you will need to upload your vaccination certificate.


How to complete the Australian Travel Declaration


 Step 8:

Have you obtained a negative COVID-19 PCR test before travelling?
 A negative test, taken within 3 days of your flight’s departure, must be provided to the airline when you check in.  

Information on Pre-departure testing


Multiple test locations in various countries can be accessed through the following Singapore Airlines site:

 Step 9:

Do you have a copy of your vaccination certificate?


You need to present your vaccination certificate to the airline staff at the airport.

Paper and digital certificates are acceptable.

 Guidance on foreign vaccination certificates  

Step 10:

Have you organized your accommodation?

 Please make sure you have your accommodation organized before your departure.  

 Step 11:

Have you organized your transport from the airport to your accommodation?

 If you need assistance with your airport pick up, we will be able to assist you. Please check the information on our website for more information  

 Step 12:

On arrival, check that you have activated your mobile phone so you can receive any COVID test outcomes.

 Step 13:

On arrival, have you downloaded the check in app for the state in which you are studying?

 This will allow you to check in at places like supermarkets or restaurants and receive COVID-19 updates.  THIS INFORMATION WILL BE STATE SPECIFIC.  

For any recent updates, go to the Australian Government COVID-19 page for international students:

Future information:

  • Further details regarding recognised vaccines in Australia can be found here.
  • Information regarding foreign vaccination certificate requirements can be found here.
  • For the latest information on Coronavirus (covid-19) in Australia, please visit the Department of Health here.
  • Information on arriving in Victoria and isolation requirements can be found here.


Please click HERE to access our Frequently Asked Questions that can help you with your preparation and travel to La Trobe College Australia.





Are you a student returning from overseas?
Are you fully vaccinated from Covid 19?
Do you have a relevant Student Visa?
Check to see if you can travel Australia to complete your studies.
  Which situation would describe you? Steps to follow:
1 Continuing study, no change to end date on COE. Return to Australia and continue studies on campus.
2 Continuing study end date on COE will change. If your original study plan was changed due to deferral (Leave of Absence) or underloading of subjects, please check to make sure your study plan matches your current active CoE document.
You can confirm your study plan with your Academic Coordinator and for an updated CoE please contact the Student and Academic Service team at
3 Commencing study after deferral end date on COE will change. If you have deferred until the end of T1 2022 and are due to commence study in T2 2022 please contact your Academic Coordinator if you wish to change and continue your study in T1 2022. Please also check further information on No. 4.
4 Continuing and/or commencing studies with a packaged offer affected by change to study program resulting in lengthy gap between end of Foundation or Diploma studies and beginning of Bachelor studies. Option One, defer your studies until trimester two, June 2022 and complete your studies in trimester three October 2022 ending January 2023. This ensures there is not a “lengthy gap” in your studies.
Option Two, recommence your studies in trimester one February 2022 and complete your studies in trimester two September 2022. Apply to Department of Home Affairs to review your situation.
If the Department approves the lengthy gap, ensure you keep a written copy of this approval.
Option Three, recommence your studies in trimester one February 2022 and complete your studies in trimester two September 2022. Enrol in a short English course in October to reduce the gap in studies.
5 I am unable to get vaccinated due to medical reasons. International arrivals must be double vaccinated with an Australian-approved vaccine.
6 Can I request for Airport pick up request? Yes - please see our website
7 Do I need additional documents. You must have a valid current student visa, specifically the Student visa (subclass 500).
You must have a current Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) that verifies your enrolment in a specific course.
As an international student in Australia, you must have Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your stay An additional letter of enrolment is not required.


Unique Student Identifier (USI)
Commencing and returning students must land in Australia and go through customs before they can create a USI using their passport as a form of ID.
Create a USI at
All onshore international students who will complete their degree in 2022 and graduate from 2023 onwards must have a USI.
Once you have created the USI, please provide it to us by emailing it to