International students who are under 18 years of age must meet immigration requirements for accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements before a student visa will be granted.
Deakin College’s Under-18 Management Program makes sure you have all the support you need until you turn 18.
As part of the program, you will live in a supported accommodation environment and be assigned a Guardian, who is responsible for your care and wellbeing.
This program helps you to:
You are considered to be an Under-18 student if you meet one of the below criteria:
As an international student under 18 years of age, you must either:
If you have a relative living close to campus, you may choose to live there and nominate your relative as your legal guardian.
This person must be at least 21 years old and have a visa to stay in Australia for the duration of your student visa or until you turn 18.
A relative is defined as a parent or adoptive or step-parent, brother, sister, step-brother, step-sister, grandparent, step-grandparent, aunt, uncle, step-aunt, step-uncle, niece, nephew, step-niece or step-nephew. It does not include a cousin.
If you choose to stay in a homestay, you’ll be staying close to your campus and living with other students, which makes it easy to make friends as soon as you reach Australia.
While living in a homestay, you’ll have a live-in caretaker in your shared accommodation. They will look out for your welfare and safety throughout the trimester (and during the breaks if you and your parents choose this option), in addition to your Guardian.
Deakin College works with Student Accommodation Services (SAS) which provides homestay arrangements for Under-18 students. You will be required to apply for a homestay directly with SAS.
Once SAS has confirmed your homestay, confirmation will be sent to our admissions team.
When you’re starting uni in a new country, you’ll probably have a lot of questions – but it can be hard to know who to turn to.
Your Guardian will be your main point of contact until you turn 18. They will be in regular contact with both you and your parents. If you need any help or just want someone to talk to, your Guardian is the best person to go to.
You and your Guardian will meet once a fortnight and you can maintain regular contact by phone or email.
You can talk to your Guardian about:
Because you’re living away from home, your parents will be able to contact your Guardian at any time to ask questions, receive updates or discuss your wellbeing.
If you're studying at the Melbourne Burwood campus, you will be appointed the Deakin College guardian. Your Deakin College guardian is based on campus, making them easy to contact and see.
Deakin College Guardianship costs:
Students studying at one of our Geelong campuses must use one of the following external guardianship services approved by Deakin College:
International Student Alliance (ISA)
T: (613) 9663 2887
A & J Student Care Services
T: (613) 9801 2251
Professional Student Care
T: (613) 9318 3009
You must contact the guardianship service to organise your guardian before accepting your offer at Deakin College.
Complete, sign and return the Deakin College Under-18 Management Program Form and with your Deakin College acceptance
If you are staying with an approved relative, Deakin College admissions will provide you with a CoE. All other documentation relating to your guardianship is required when you apply for a student visa.
If you're staying in a homestay with an external guardian, a confirmation email from the guardianship company and a copy of the homestay application must be provided to Deakin College admissions before an eCoE and Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter can be provided.
When you arrive in Melbourne, our staff can meet you at the airport and transfer you to your accommodation. It’s a free service and will help you to get on your feet faster.
So that we know when to meet you, please follow these steps to book your airport pick-up:
At Deakin, you can access a range of services that can support your education, career, health and wellbeing. This includes everything from language and learning services to counselling.
Along with the payments you make during your application, you’ll need to pay an Application and Guardianship fee to be able to take part in the program. Once you submit your application, we’ll send you an invoice requesting payment of this fee.
If you decide you don’t want to be part of the program, you can apply for a refund of your fees (excluding the non-refundable components). We’ll assess if you’re eligible for a full or partial refund if you meet one or more of the following conditions: