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It's possible that you'll want to change your path, level of education, or organisation.

Before you decide to change your course of study or organisation, there are a few things you should organise and review.

For assistance and guidance, contact campus student support services or other advisors.


To keep your student visa, you must review the conditions and make sure you follow the correct procedures. It's important that you don't take suggestions from colleagues, classmates, or educational consultants at face value. Keep a copy of any cancellation or enrolment paperwork.


Remember that if you change institutions or courses, you must notify the Department of Home Affairs and have an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCoE) certificate from your new institution.

Changing your course

If you want to change to a new course at the same institution you are currently studying and at the same level of qualification, you do not need to apply for a new student visa unless your current visa is about to expire.


Changing your level of qualification


You will need to apply for a new student visa if you want to upgrade your level of qualification, such as from a Diploma to a Bachelor's Degree, since your visa subclass will change. For more statistics, go to the Department of Home Affairs' website.


Changing your institution

If you're considering transferring to a different institution, talk to your current one about the process. If you have not completed at least six months of the key course of study (at your current institution) for which your visa was issued, the new institution will most likely refuse to enrol you.

If you wish to change institutions before completing the first six months of your main course of study, you must first obtain permission from your current institution. In order to apply for a letter of release from your current institution, you must first obtain a letter of offer from the new institution.

Primary, secondary, and tertiary education are all available in Australia. 

School education (Primary and Secondary)

Just small differences exist between states and territories when it comes to school education. Between the ages of six and sixteen, compulsory schooling (primary and secondary) is required (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). Schooling lasts 13 years and is divided into three parts:


Primary school consists of seven or eight years of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten/Preparatory and ending in Year 6 or 7.

Secondary school is a three- or four-year programme that runs from Years 7 to 10 or Years 8 to 10.

Years 11 and 12 are the two years of senior high school.


Tertiary education

Higher education (including universities) and technical education and training are all included in tertiary education (VET).

Language of instruction

The official language of Australia is English, which is also the primary language of instruction in the educational system. Many schools have bilingual or multilingual programming.


Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework distinguishes Australia's educational system from that of many other countries (AQF). The AQF is a national policy that covers qualifications from the tertiary education sector (higher education and vocational education and training), as well as the school-leaving certificate, the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education, which was established in 1995.


The AQF is divided into ten levels and connects school, technical, and university qualifications into a single national scheme. As long as you meet the student visa requirements, you can easily move from one level of study to the next and from one institution to the next. It gives you more options and versatility when it comes to career planning. All of the qualifications in the AQF help you prepare for further education as well as your professional life.

If you're pursuing an AQF certification, you can rest assured that your school is government-approved and nationally accredited, and that your degree or other AQF credential will be authentic.

Our institutions are connected around the country and across the world, making it simple to switch between courses or institutions, and structured agreement and recognition processes insure that no matter what your study or career goals are, every step of the way will contribute to your future.

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