From 1 July 2016 anyone who intends to study in Australia needs to apply for a subclass 500 Student visa. The new streamlined subclass 500 Student visa replaced the old student visa system on 1 July 2016.
Under the new system the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) assess applications based on the education provider, the intended course of study and the applicant’s country of passport.
The subclass 500 Student visa allows the applicant to come to Australia to complete the course of study they are enrolled in. It also allows immediate family members of the applicant to accompany the applicant to Australia.