Australia

Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal. Its capital, Canberra, is inland. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.

  • Capital:Canberra Trending
  • Dialing Code:+61
  • Population: 2.41 crores (2016) World Bank
  • Prime Minister: Malcolm Turnbull
Education System in Australia

The Australian education system has a strong international reputation and is known for its effective structure and innovative policy developments. Many other countries, eager to improve their own education systems, turn to Australia for advice.
Australia is also one of the best places to live. It is a young, vibrant and friendly country in which students can live, learn and grow. So if you want a quality education and a good lifestyle, Australia’s the place to be.
Each year, Australia welcomes an increasing number of international students to study in their universities, institutes, colleges and schools.

Overview

Education in Australia is primarily the responsibility of the states and territories.
Each state or territory government provides funding and regulates the public and private schools within its governing area.
The federal government helps fund the public universities, but is not involved in setting curriculum.

Procedure

Generally, education in Australia follows the three-tier model which includes primary education (primary schools), followed by secondary education (secondary schools/high schools) and tertiary education (universities and/or TAFE Colleges).
The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2006 evaluation ranked the Australian education system on a worldwide scale including 56 countries. Australia stands


Education in Australia is compulsory between the ages of five and fifteen to seventeen, depending on the state or territory, and date of birth.
Post-compulsory education is regulated within the Australian Qualifications Framework, a unified system of national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training (TAFE) and the higher education sector (university).
The academic year in Australia varies between states and institutions, but generally runs from late January/early February until mid-December for primary and secondary schools.

Admission Procedure

Intake Period

  • Main Intakes: February & July
  • Some Universities Intake: November also

Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 - 6.5
  • TOEFL: 80-90
  • PTE: 58 - 65

The above is exempted if students has completed school and college in English medium and have also scored above 70% in the main exams.

Eligibility

  • For Undergraduates - One has to have the required scores in certain subjects in the Xth and XIIth exams. The students should have completed 18 years of age before he joins the degree program.
  • For Post Graduates - One has to have the required scores. At least 2-3 years of full time work experience. Age should be above 25 years.

*The eligibility criteria vary from University to University.

The Process

    Always apply in advance as Universities get an overwhelming number of applications and the process may get delayed.

Tution & Living Expenses

Financial Benefits of Studying in Australia

  • Duration of Undergraduate degrees is three years in Australia (Four years in U.S. and other countries)
  • Plenty of options to take up One-year Masters’ degrees including MBA.
  • Indirect savings on costs and tuition fees.

In Australia, Undergraduate Courses are either lab based (science & engineering programmes) or non-lab (programmes in arts, business, economics and law) based.

  • Lab based courses cost a minimum of A$ 12000 to A$ 18000 annually.
  • Non-Lab based courses cost a minimum of A$ 10000 to A$ 18000 annually.
  • Post Graduate Courses comprises of Graduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas, Masters degree courses and Doctoral degree programs. These courses start from A$ 9000 to A$ 20000.
  • MBA - Length of MBA program differs significantly between institutions. Basically most end in nine to fifteen months.

A student may approximately incur around A$ 12,000 as his annual living costs.

VISAS

Visa For Studying In Australia

*Procedures are fine tuned by the Embassy regularly.

  • TT Services has been appointed to collect visa applications on behalf of the Australian Government Visa Office in New Delhi. All visa applications from all states in India and Nepal should be lodged at TT Services Collection Centers. It is still advisable to lodge your application at the nearest TT Services Collection Centre. There will be a minimal fee of INR 450, which would be applicable towards the TT services. This amount could be paid in cash.

Steps Involved In The Visa Process

  • Step 1

    Lodge your application with a copy of the Letter of Offer from your education provider and all relevant forms and documents as per the checklist attached. You must not pay the course fees or have medical tests until you receive this letter. However, there are students who make the tuition fee payment before the Pre Visa Assessment is completed for faster processing of the application.

  • Step 2

    The department completes a pre-visa assessment of your application. A letter will be sent advising whether you are considered a 'genuine' student. If you are assessed as a non-genuine student, your visa application will be refused. If you are assessed as genuine, see Step 3.

  • Step 3

    Once you receive the letter, you can:

    • - have your medical tests (if required)
    • - pay your fees if not paid
    • - obtain and send to the department your Confirmation of Enrolment.
  • Step 4

    The department makes a final assessment of your application.
    Note: If you are assessed as a genuine student, you must also meet all other requirements to be granted a student visa.

New Post Study Visa Rules for International Students

The Australian Government has announced a plan to introduce new post-study work visas for international students who complete university degrees in Australia.
The new visas will enable international graduates to gain practical work experience in Australia after they graduate and enhance their overall international study experience.

About the new post-study work visa:

  • • It is proposed that graduates of bachelor and masters by coursework degrees will be able to apply for a two-year work visa at the completion of their degree, while masters by research and PhD graduates will be able to apply for a four-year work visa.
  • • As a minimum, applicants need to have completed a bachelor degree at an Australian university six months before applying for the visa.
  • • Students who complete their degree at a non-university institute (such as a private higher education provider or a TAFE institute) will not be eligible.
  • • The visa has been introduced in response to the Knight Review, which delivered 41 recommendations to the federal government on how to enhance Australia’s student visa program.
  • • The program is expected to be introduced in 2013.

Here are Australia's Most In-Demand Jobs for January-June, 2018

  • Commercial Analysts in response to a greater focus on growth and a desire for revenue generation to be driven from finance not operations.
  • Data Analysts with both hard and soft skills who can use digital tools and pull data together while managing stakeholders and communicating the evidence for decision-making purposes.
  • Digital Marketing Analysts who are experienced digital marketers and can also implement a full marketing strategy.
  • Cyber Security and DevOps specialists as the need for risk mitigation and process improvements increases.
  • PHP, Drupal, Native iOS and Android and Microsoft SQL BI Developers given the popularity of these tools.
  • Business Development Managers to drive new business growth.
  • HR Business Partners to imbed HR into a business and ensure internal clients have a strong point of contact for HR issues.
  • Executive Assistants with strong experience.
  • Change Analysts with skills in organisational change.
  • Policy Officers and Senior Policy Officers in response to various initiatives, particularly in the areas of family violence and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
  • Procurement professionals with full end-to-end experience, especially around service contracts as opposed to goods.
  • Property & Construction Lawyers given the active property market.
  • Residential Property Managers with experience.
  • Project Managers, Site Managers and Contract Administrators for construction projects.
  • Project Lead Architects with exposure to all stages of a project.
  • Facilities Managers/Facilities Coordinators since new and aging buildings require planned and reactive maintenance.
  • Civil Design Engineers in the residential land development and subdivision market.
  • Schedulers/Planners in the energy sector, particularly Primavera P6 specialists with large-scale project experience.
  • Clinical Research Associates as more clinical trials are conducted in Australia.
  • Social Workers in the children and families space, including family and domestic violence.
  • Early Childhood Teachers in response to population growth.
  • Deputy Principals and Principals in the schools sector.
  • • Mortgage Lenders as banks promote existing performers and backfill vacated roles
  • Insurance Brokers who can perform the basics right and consult with clients.
  • Customer Engagement Managers as companies develop and implement strategies to build loyalty and improve the customer experience.
  • Skilled Merchandise Planners with traditional bricks and mortar Australian retail experience.
  • Continuous Improvement Managers as organisations look for ways to become more competitive in the manufacturing sector.
  • Fleet Controllers with wharf experience, especially for night shifts.
  • Project Engineers in the oil & gas sector as construction and upgrade projects commence in response to the demand for more gas.
  • Mechanical Fitters in certain locations in response to expansions in the resources & mining industry.
  • Civil Operators for a large number of civil projects.