Visas & Health Cover (OSHC)

Visas & Health Cover (OSHC)

Do you want to enjoy breathtaking sights and sundrenched beaches while you study? You can… with a student visa and valid health cover!


A student visa lets you stay in Australia for up to five years while you study full time at a recognised education institution. Before you apply for one, be sure to check your eligibility carefully.

  • Visa processing time: Most student visas are processed within 46 days. The time it takes will depend on extra information needed, required health checks and more.
  • Your student visa obligations: To learn about your student visa obligations, please review the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework.

If you have any questions about your visa, speak to one of our friendly Student Support Officers or the Department of Home Affairs (DHA).

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

We know you just can’t wait to enjoy the sun, sea and spectacular sights of Sydney. But remember, your health should always come first.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) helps you access and pay for a range of medical services in Australia – and is a requirement for getting your visa.

  • Choosing your health cover: As one of our trusted partners that looks after students time and again, the Bupa Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a great choice.
  • Covered costs: The Bupa OSHC covers the cost of doctor visits, medical treatments, prescription medicines, surgically-implanted prostheses and ambulance, pathology and radiology services.

If you are interested in the Bupa OSHC, get in touch with our Student Services team today.

The ESOS Framework

Australia is acclaimed for delivering quality education to overseas students. But how does Australia maintain these standards? With the ESOS Framework.


The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 200, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the regulation of education and training institutions offering courses to international students in Australia on a student visa.

What is the ESOS Framework?

This is the legal framework for the provision of education services to overseas students. It sets out the registration requirements and the ongoing standards for education providers that offer courses to overseas students.

The framework provides a consistent national approach to the registration of education providers so that the quality of the training, and the care of students, remains high.

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Legislative Framework is designed to ensure that Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services is maintained and that the interests of overseas students are protected. The ESOS Framework includes the following information:

  • Legislation
  • Provider Registration
  • Tuition Protection Service
  • Standards
  • Information for students
  • Compliance

An overview of the ESOS Framework is available online.

Does the ESOS Framework apply to me?

If you’re an international student on a student visa, then the ESOS Framework applies to you.

Protection for International students

As an international student, you must study with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and in a course which can be found on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

CRICOS registration guarantees that the education provider you are going to study with will meet the required standards to deliver quality training to overseas students.

Your rights under the ESOS Act

The ESOS framework protects the rights of international students studying in Australia, including:

  • Your right to receive, before enrolling, current and accurate information about the courses, fees, modes of study and other information from your institution and your institution’s agent.
  • Your right to sign a written agreement with your institution before paying fees, setting out services to be provided, fees payable and information about refunds of course fees. Make sure you keep a copy of your written agreement.
  • The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is a placement and refund service for international students, which is activated in the event your institution is unable to teach your course. Read more about this service on the Tuition Protection Service website
The institutions’ responsibilities

The ESOS framework sets out the standards that Australian institutions must meet in offering education and training services to international students. These standards cover a range of information you have a right to know and services that must be offered to you, including:

  • Orientation and access to support services to help you study and adjust to life in Australia
  • Contact details of officers available to help international students
  • If you can apply for course credit
  • When your enrolment can be deferred, suspended or cancelled
  • What your institution’s requirements are for satisfactory progress in the courses you study and what support is available if you are not progressing well
  • If attendance will be monitored for your course
  • A complaints and appeals process
Your responsibilities

As an overseas student on a student visa, you have responsibilities to:

  • Satisfy your student visa conditions
  • Maintain your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the period of your stay
  • Meet the terms of the written agreement with your institution
  • Inform your institution if you change your address
  • Maintain satisfactory course progress
  • If attendance is recorded for your course, follow your institution’s attendance policy
  • If you are under 18, maintain your approved accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements
  • Follow our policies and procedures

Following is a link to a fact sheet that contains essential information for student visa holders about living and studying in Australia, including your consumer rights and responsibilities as an international student and key things you should know before and during your study

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