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Australian Student Visa Changes

Here are the most recent updates regarding Student Visa in Australia. Borders are still closed, but there is some good news for international students.

Update (14th of October 2021):

Australian borders will reopen soon and the first international students will return to Australia in December 2021.

Original blog article: Did you know that some students will not have to pay for their next visa application?

Australian Government is making several visa changes in order to help international students who are planning to study in Australia and those who already have their Student Visas, but their studies are impacted by the pandemic:

  • The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.
  • International students will be able to lodge a further student visa application free of charge if they are unable to complete their studies within their original visa validity due to COVID-19.
  • Student visa holders studying online outside Australia due to COVID-19 will be able to use that study to count towards the Australian study requirement for a post-study work visa.
  • Graduates who held a student visa will be eligible to apply for a post-study work visa outside Australia if they are unable to return due to COVID-19.
  • Additional time will be given for applicants to provide English language results where COVID-19 has disrupted access to these services.

What should you do?

These are welcomed changes, especially for those of you who already have their Student Visas. E.g. if you were on holiday in your home country when the borders got shut and you were unable to return to Australia. The real change for all new offshore applicants will be when the travel ban gets lifted.

Until then we recommend our offshore clients just enrol (for as little as $250 AUD) and wait with their visa application until the borders are re-opened. If this is your case, let us know and we can help you to find the right course. This way you don’t miss out on the current course promotions without having to pay the Student Visa fee until you are sure you can come to Australia. Schools were forced to temporarily lower their tuition fees due to the pandemic so why not take advantage of it?

Are you in Australia at the moment and your current visa (e.g. a Working Holiday Visa) is expiring soon? There are no major changes for you and you will need to apply for a new visa. Despite the current situation, most of our onshore clients usually get their Student Visas granted very quickly. Feel free to request a quote from Study Anywhere and we can help you to move to a Student Visa or to renew your current Student Visa.

New visa options for Hong Kong citizens

Australia is also starting to offer several visa options for Hongkongers because of the escalated situation between mainland China and Hong Kong. The main change for students is perhaps the longer duration of the Graduate Visa. Students from Hong Kong will now be able to get 5 years of Graduate Visa (instead of 18 or 24 months). Feel free to contact us if you are interested in studying a course eligible for the Graduate Visa.

Do you have any questions about the Australian Student Visa? Check out Frequently Asked Questions.

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Is your visa going to expire any time from now until the end of this year? 

As we are heading towards the end of the year and the holiday season is just around the corner, it’s good to plan ahead and be organised.

If your visa is going to expire any time soon, don’t leave it to the last minute. Many schools will close for the Christmas holiday and come back at the beginning of January. If this is your case, start the visa process as soon as possible in order to avoid the stress of getting everything done on time.

We still have some special offers for different courses, that you can find interesting. Among them some Black Friday promotions and we’re also still accepting enrolments for our most affordable course for international students in Sydney.

Just contact us and we will be in touch with all the details and we can also check if you are eligible. If you are not sure or have any questions, feel free to have a chat with us on Facebook Messenger.

If you decide to go ahead, our registered migration agent will help you for free with your Student Visa application and you can join students from 43 countries who are already studying with Study Anywhere.

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Childcare courses are among the most popular pathways for international students in Australia. Do you want to make the first step towards your childcare career in 2019? Now is the time to enrol!

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Childcare) has been a popular and affordable choice for international students for quite some time. It’s usually a 2-year course, that includes work placement in a childcare centre. Fees for these courses usually range anywhere from $1,750 – $2,200 / every three months.

We offer these diplomas at various schools and multiple locations across Australia – in Sydney (including CBD, Burwood and Parramatta campuses), Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart.

Most of our students have been studying Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care either at the 4Life College or at the Sydney School of Business and Technology (SSBT). Especially 4Life College has been quite popular lately, because of the quality of teaching and also because of low upfront costs (just $595 to receive the Confirmation of Enrolment – CoE). The tuition fee isn’t the lowest among our schools, however, the school offers both monthly ($725 / month) or quarterly payment plan ($1,990 / every three months) and they have campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Most of the schools offering Early Childhood Education and Care courses will have their last intake of 2019 in October so now it’s the right time to enrol if you want to make sure there will be a spot for you.

If you are considering Childcare as your next course, just contact us and we will be in touch with all the details. If you are in Australia at the moment, we can also arrange a campus visit or a trial class for you so you will get to know your school before you make your decision. If you are not sure or have any questions, feel free to have a chat with us on Facebook Messenger.

This is a great opportunity especially for those of you, who work as a nanny, au-pair or are just generally interested in working with children, while also having the opportunity to apply for 18-month Graduate visa after successfully completing the course. For more details, please, feel free to contact us and also refer to the information provided by Department of Home Affairs (https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-graduate-485).

If you decide to go ahead, our registered migration agent will help you for free with your Student Visa application and you can join students from 39 countries who are already studying with Study Anywhere.

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Australian Department of Home Affairs is changing the Student Visa application fee from the 1st of July 2019.

The cost of a Student Visa in Australia (Subclass 500) is now $620 (an increase from $575). If you will be applying in Australia and your current visa was granted while you were in Australia, be prepared that the Department of Home Affairs will charge you another $700 (Subsequent Temporary Application Charge) on top of the $620. This is often the case when someone is moving from the second year of Working Holiday Visa and this fee has not changed since 1. 7. 2019.

If you are planning to include your partner in your Student Visa application, you will be charged another $430 (Additional Applicant Charge 18+) by the Department of Home Affairs.

Do you want to save as much money on your Student Visa in Australia as possible? Why not take advantage of our current special offer? You can choose the cheapest course in Sydney and study for as little as $4,000 / year ($1,000 every three months). Contact us now for a free quote and all the details.

Students enrolling with Study Anywhere will get free assistance with their Student Visa applications by our registered migration agent.

All prices are in Australian Dollars (AUD). Please, check the website of the Department of Home Affairs for all the details about a Student Visa in Australia and FAQs on our website.

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The article is written by Bernadette Sanfilippo

Most have this general conception that Australia endures hot weather all…the…time. The truth of the matter is, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s trek around to several Australian capitals and explore their accompanying weather conditions…


Sydney is prone to experiencing four seasons in a single day. The summer days tend to endure periods of high temperatures, coupled with relatively high peaks in humidity however, in the late afternoon, the sky can quickly become overcast and, if so, a downpour is likely to ensue. The maximum temperatures can also differ greatly from one day to the next. A day of 38oC can easily be followed by a day of 26oC. Winters in Sydney do tend to be milder, with temperatures typically hovering between the high-teens and low-twenties.


Melbourne is a rather interesting one for weather. Winters are icy cold, with most days never reaching a temperature higher than 15oC. While that may seem warm compared to many other winters around the world, the humidity is usually extremely low, making the weather feel much icier than it may actually be. In more recent years, very little rainfall has been experienced throughout the season, and the absence of such has greatly contributed to the lower levels of humidity. Summers, on the other hand, tend to experience lower average temperatures, primarily due to the city’s close proximity to Antarctica, but periods of extremely high, uncomfortably dense humidity.



Brisbane experiences a humidity so high in the summer time, it is virtually impossible to be active outside. While the peak temperature may not necessarily be high, there is often little to no relief from the humidity, which remains consistently high all throughout the day and deep into the night. The capital experiences intense tropical weather conditions and, in the last few years, has endured a number of relatively serious cyclones and tropical storms. Brisbane does not tend to experience a formal winter, but rather a period of lowered humidity and heat between June and September.



Perth is situated between the sea and the land, literally. Situated on the coast of Western Australia, the Indian Ocean sits on one side of the city, while both the Gibson and Great Victoria Deserts sit on the other. With all this in such close proximity, Perth experiences very high temperatures in the summertime, typically enduring consecutive days of 40oC+ weather. Unlike other Australian cities however, the overall humidity tends to remain quite low. Perth’s winters tends to resemble Sydney’s, with temperatures typically floating between the high-teens and low-twenties, with strong, short bursts of rainfall occurring periodically.


Canberra, our nation’s capital, experiences the lowest winter temperatures in the country. While the average daytime temperature tends to sit between 10oC – 15oC, much like Melbourne, the nightly average can frequently fall several degrees below zero. While the city can experience rainfall throughout the winter, it is not nearly as prone to strong downpour as other Australian capitals. While the summers in Canberra will often endure much higher peaking temperatures than those in neighbouring states, these, once again, tend to be followed by much cooler nightly conditions.



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The article is written by Nina Sudnitsin

When you get bored of switching between your house and the library while studying for finals, (which is highly possible) the next place to go for a study session is a café.

Cafes possess the perfect ambience for study sessions, and obviously, have enough food to fuel your energy. So, instead of sitting in an overflowing library and soaking in the stress radiating from every single student, spice up your life by dashing to the sweetest brunch spots that are perfect for study.

Miss Jones
A beautiful café in New Farm, Miss Jones has cute pastel pink décor and an atmosphere that will calm your nerves and settle you in for a productive session of study. Order a cappuccino, try their amazing eggs benedict, and then treat yourself to a delectable dessert when you’ve completed your goal!

Address: 1/599 Brunswick St, New Farm QLD 4005


Ashton & Old
If you’re looking for a cup of amazing coffee to fuel your study, go nowhere other than Ashton & Old. This café with a rustic feel is quiet and calm, a perfect character if you find yourself needing to finish off a final essay. A try of the banoffee waffle or the chorizo and cheese croquettes are a must if you find your way here.

Address: Shop 5/459 Old Cleveland Rd, Camp Hill QLD 4152

Cafeine Café
This small and cosy café that is just off a busy road is refreshing. Feel free to tuck into a corner and work the day away. Endless mugs of coffee and toasted sandwiches will keep you going throughout your study session. If you ever need a break, do some people watching to give your eyes a break from your intense revision. Looking out onto the main road through the enormous glass windows is almost like meditation (if you can forget the stress of studies for a second).

Address: 186/188 Cavendish Rd, Coorparoo QLD 4151


Coffee Anthology
Located in the bustle of the city, Coffee Anthology is a café that hosts a large selection of teas to calm taut nerves and a plethora of food to choose from while revising notes or practice exams. In the city, it’s nice to find a little peaceful study haven, hidden in plain sight, so check this gem out next time you’re in need of a desk with some peace and a cup of tea.

Address: 126 Margaret St, Brisbane City QLD 4000


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The article is written by Nina Sudnitsin

What better way to spend an afternoon with friends than to picnic at one of Brisbane’s best parks? There is none! Although winter has finally arrived in sunny Brisbane, a blanket will shield you from chilly breezes and keep you cosy until dark. Grab some mates, head to woollies to assemble a delicious spread of food, and finally enjoy one of the myriad spectacular views Brisbane has to offer.


Mt Coo-tha Botanic gardens

The botanic gardens are perhaps the most scenic and picturesque gardens in Brisbane! The gardens are arranged in different themes, featuring a Japanese garden and a tropical dome. At only 7 kilometres from the city centre, it’s perfect for gathering your friends from all the corners of Brisbane and spreading out on a grassy knoll to enjoy nature in a spectacular urban oasis.

Address: Mount Coot Tha Rd, Toowong QLD 4066


Mt Gravatt lookout

Mt Gravatt lookout is a stunning setting for a cosy picnic. A small but impressive lookout, arrange your picnic at one of the tables or on the grass. At sunset, you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the city basked in sunlight, and the sky lit up in all hues of orange, pink and yellow so it’s a guarantee your time will be well spent in good company and even better scenery.

Address: 185 Shire Rd, Mt Gravatt


Minnippi Parklands

A hidden gem in the suburbs of East Brisbane, this beautiful lagoon is a peaceful refuge for locals and residing fauna. The beautiful lagoon is covered in lotus flowers and is home to ducks, swans and sometimes even pelicans. Take a short stroll across the boardwalk or promenade around the lake on the circular path which surrounds it. The angled grassy knoll is the perfect spot to settle down to overlook the lake and its beautiful wetland surrounds.

Address: Stanton road W, Tingalpa QLD 4173


Raby Bay

Raby Bay forms the coastline of the suburbs of Cleveland and Ormiston in the City of Redland, only 30 minutes from the city centre. The foreshore park is home to picnic tables and plenty of space to enjoy the sea breeze and relax, making this space worth a midday getaway.


Newstead Park

Arguably one of the best riverside parks in Brisbane, Newstead Park is the perfect location to relax and rest after a busy day. It is also home to the oldest surviving home in the area, Newstead house, which dates back to 1846 warrants a visit. Enjoy a casual picnic on the lawn and do some people watching as Brisbane’s bustling city life continues around this small retreat.

Address: Cnr Breakfast Creek Rd & Newstead Ave, Breakfast Creek Rd, Brisbane City QLD 4006

Images by Nina Sudnitsin and Toa Heftiba on Unsplash


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The article is written by Nina Sudnitsin

Whether you’re a self-declared foodie or a hungry student, Brisbane has three epic locations for food that can satisfy any craving. So, calling all gourmands and connoisseurs to grab some mates and head to these hubs whenever there is a need for a foodie intervention (goodbye instant noodles) or salvation for hungry stomachs.

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Eat Street Northshore

180 colourful shipping containers light up at dusk and open to provide the best foodie experience you could ever imagine. Fairy lights line the walkways and dangle from high roofs as countless bustling bodies shuffle around the enclosed area that serves THE best street food in Brisbane on weekend nights.

With live music playing as a soundtrack for diners, people hungrily order their next plate of honey puffs or their last few oysters. Different food regions present endless options to choose from, so deciding what you want, whether it’s Italian or Mexican, will be a struggle.

Entry: $3 per person

Address: 221D Macarthur Avenue, Hamilton 4007

Opening hours: Fri and Sat 4pm to 10pm and Sunday 12 noon to 8pm

Check their website for more information!

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Eagle Street Pier

Located in the heart of Brisbane city and right on the river, Eagle Street Pier is a bustling area that is filled with hungry visitors looking for the ultimate wine and dine experience. With over 15 restaurants concentrated in one sweet spot and with an unrivalled view of the Story Bridge, it’s the best of Brisbane’s classy food on one riverside precinct.

If you’re not shy to spend your earned dollars, head to George’s Paragon and the Jade Buddha, which are highly recommended, and be prepared to leave the night with an extra few kilos under your belt…

Address: 45 Eagle Street, Brisbane 4000

Opening hours: dependant on individual restaurants

Check their website for more restaurants!

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Welcome to Bowen Hills

Welcome to Bowen Hills is a newly opened outdoor space that hosts the best food trucks Brisbane has to offer. Street eats and international deliciousness grace this new precinct since the visiting food trucks rotate daily, no one visit will ever be the same! A new addition to the Brisbane food scene, it has made a splash so head over, and grab a tiki cocktail!

Address: 631 Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, QLD 4006
Opening hours: Wed & Thurs – 5PM to late and Fri-Sun – 12PM to late

Check their website for daily food truck schedules!


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