Before you arrive: international students

If your child is planning to study at a Northern Territory (NT) Government school, they need to know their responsibilities before arriving.

Read below to find out about student, parent and school responsibilities.

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As an international student, your child must comply with the following:

  • enrolment conditions and policies at their school
  • Australian laws
  • visa and course requirements

Students must not engage in any activity that may endanger the safety of themselves or any other person.

Work while you study

Students on a subclass 500 student visa aged over 15 are allowed to work for up to 40 hours per fortnight.

As the parent of an international student, you must:

  • ensure your child has a valid passport and visa
  • ensure your child is financially supported and has enough money to cover:
    • living costs
    • return air fares
  • pay all relevant fees
  • arrange health cover
  • contact the Department of Education immediately if your child's visa is cancelled or if their visa status changes
  • advise the department in writing within seven days of any changes to:
    • your address or contact details
    • your child’s address or contact details.

NT government schools will do all of the following:

  • provide your child with the same level of instruction and educational services provided to other students
  • provide English language support if needed
  • appoint suitably qualified staff to oversee the provision of services and care
  • provide your child with an orientation program
  • introduce your child to the school community
  • provide counselling and ongoing support as needed while your child is enrolled in the school
  • provide at least two written reports per year.

The Department of Education cannot guarantee that your child will:

  • gain a place in an NT Government school
  • successfully complete their studies
  • successfully complete their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (NTCET)
  • gain entry to a tertiary institution.

Last updated: 12 July 2019

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