International students COVID-19 and COVIDSafe FAQsDeakin’s COVID-19 FAQs
**Updated 6 July
PLEASE NOTE: This page is updated with information for international students regularly. For the most up-to-date information about Deakin operations including campuses, study information and health and wellbeing advice, please read Deakin’s COVIDSafe FAQs.
On this page:
- Current international student travel
- Vaccination status
- Study and visa conditions
- Managing your enrolment
Current international student travel
UPDATES: People travelling to Australia will no longer have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status, following changes to the Biosecurity Act, which come into effect from midnight AEST on Wednesday 6 July 2022.
From July 6 2022, the way you travel to and from Australia has changed. All travellers should be aware that:
- People entering Australia do not need to provide evidence of vaccination status
- People entering Australia do not need to complete the Digital Passenger Declaration or Maritime Travel Declaration
- People leaving Australia will not be asked to provide evidence of their vaccination status
- Unvaccinated visa holders do not need a travel exemption to travel to Australia
- Masks are still required on flights travelling to Australia.
It is important to remember that airlines, vessel operators and other countries may have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.
For more information please read Returning to Australia page, and the Study Melbourne international student arrivals page.
Vaccination is recommended for all Australians and people travelling to Australia. We recommend you’re fully vaccinated with one of the following COVID-19 vaccines approved or recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA):
Two doses at least 14 days apart of:
- AstraZeneca Vaxzevria
- AstraZeneca COVISHIELD
- Pfizer/Biontech Comirnaty
- Moderna Spikevax
- Novavax vaccine
- Sinovac Coronavac
- Bharat Covaxin
- Sinopharm BBIBP-CorV (for ages 18-60 only)
Or one dose of:
- Johnson & Johnson/Janssen-Cilag COVID Vaccine.
Study and visa conditions
Temporary removal of student visa limits on working hours
Due to current workforce shortages, the Government is temporarily removing the limit on working hours for Student visa holders across all sectors until further notice.
We strongly encourage students to prioritise their study during a normal study period. More information can be found on the Dept. of Home Affairs website.
International students on a student visa
In 2020 and 2021, the Australian university regulator, TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency), provided flexibility in the enrolment arrangements for international students in response to COVID-19. However, in Trimester 2/Semester 2, we are encouraging continuing students to move back to on-campus enrolment requirements.
From Trimester/Semester 2 2022, if you are an international student with a student visa and confirmation of enrolment (CoE), you are required to enrol into a full-time study load of eight credit points or equivalent per academic year.
- To find out what counts as a full-time study load, visit the Enrolment Conditions for your Student Visa webpage.
- If you need to add units to Trimester 2 2022, make sure you add these units now in StudentConnect.
Are you currently based overseas?
If you are enrolled as an on-campus International student and unable to return to Australia in 2022, please let us know your circumstances by completing the Study and arrival plans for 2022 online form. This will help us support you to continue your studies.
Options if you have compassionate and compelling circumstances or need to have a break in study
- Intermission allows you to take a break for a study period while keeping your place in the course. You may want to apply for a period of intermission, which you can do via StudentConnect.
- If you need to take a short break of up to ten working days during a compulsory study period (Trimester /Semester 1 and Trimester/Semester 2) or if you intend to return to Australia between three and ten working days late after the start of the trimester/semester, you should apply for a short-term leave of absence. Please note a short-term leave of absence is not required over the Trimester 3 period unless you are enrolled in Trimester 3.
Please visit the Compliance and Visas webpage for further details and expectations of your student visa. If you need help with your enrolment and course plan, please contact a Student Adviser.
Post-study work rights 485 subclass and the recognition of online study
The Minister for Education and Youth announced new arrangements to support international students wishing to access post-study work rights. Coursework masters graduates will be able to access an additional year, the 485 subclass visas for these graduates will be issued for a duration of three years. Temporary Graduate 485 subclass visa holders who have been unable to travel to Australia as a result of COVID-19 will be eligible to apply for a replacement visa. This will allow current and former Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa holders whose visas expired on or after 1 February 2020 to re-apply for a new subclass 485 visa of the same duration as their original visa. For full details visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
Minister for Education and Youth announced new visa settings will also extend existing measures for students and temporary graduates to recognise time spent offshore studying online to count towards qualifying for a temporary graduate visa. For full details visit the Department of Home Affairs website.
As per your student visa requirement, all international students must have enough money to pay for their travel, study costs, living expenses and their stay in Australia. If you have financial difficulty assistance is also available from:
In an emergency, there is a range of financial assistance options are available at Deakin – see the Financial assistance webpage for more information. You can contact a Financial Assistance Officer through Student Central.
Refund options for commencing international students
Deakin understands there are many factors outside the control of commencing students at this time. Please visit the commencing student’s refund page for information about additional flexibilities and refund options for commencing students.
Bupa Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) cover me for COVID-19, including testing?
Overseas students and visitors are covered for medical services provided in hospital and out of the hospital, including GP visits and tests (e.g. pathology) as well as prescription medicines. This applies if the service is recognised by Medicare, has an MBS item number attached and is not an excluded service. Please note waiting periods, fund and policy rules apply.
Bupa OSHC, coverage is up to 100% of the MBS benefit. For Bupa OVC, coverage is from 100% of the MBS benefit to 100% of the cost, depending on the product. There is no change in coverage for in-patient or out-patient medical services specific for COVID-19 but if in doubt, call Bupa on 134 135 (overseas visitors) or 1800 888 942 (overseas students). Search for a Bupa-friendly doctor.
Read more FAQs for Bupa overseas students.
International Student Fee Waiver
Advice from the Department of Home Affairs has been updated. Please read this information carefully.
Criteria to receive the Fee Waiver Form 1545
Students who held a student visa on or after 1 February 2020 and who could not complete their course within their original visa validity due to the impacts of COVID-19. This includes students who:
- deferred their study as they were unable to enter Australia due to travel restrictions
- were forced to reduce to a part-time study load
- were unable to complete their work-based training and/or placements
Criteria for Form 1545
The Visa Application Fee Waiver Form will not be completed by Deakin for students who are applying for a new student visa due to ordinary reasons that are not related to COVID19:
- students deferred their course or intake for personal reasons
- students voluntarily reduced their study load
- students have failed a course or a unit of study
- Intermission was approved by the University during 2020 due to compassionate & compelling grounds
- students who have already submitted their student visa application to the Department of Home Affairs. Refunds will not be available for students who have already applied for a student visa. Only new applications will be eligible to have the application fee waived.
Accessing Form 1545
- If you have already received your new COE – submit an enquiry requesting the 1545 Visa Fee waiver from using the student central enquiry at deakin.edu.au/student-enquiry
- If you are applying for a COE – International students will be issued the 1545 Fee waiver form with your new COE if you meet the eligibility criteria.
If you are applying for a fee waiver in Australia, a Bridging visa will not be issued automatically as the fee exemption must be checked first.
This waiver only applies to the Visa Application Charge (VAC).
In addition, student visa holders who are outside Australia and arrive between 19 January 2022 and 19 March 2022 may be eligible for a refund of their VAC. For more information on how to apply for a VAC refund, see Getting a refund.
Submitting Form 1545 to the Department of Home Affairs
You must apply for your student visa online through your ImmiAccount. When you receive the completed Form 1545 from the University, you will be able to submit or attach the Form 1545 as a supporting document for your student visa application.
Difficulty submitting the 1545 Form?
Some troubleshooting tips as:
- use a different internet browser
- try to attach the document again
- convert the file into a different format
You can refer to the Department of Home Affairs technical help page for some troubleshooting tips.
Alternatively, If you are still unable to resolve your issue. you can submit the ImmiAccount technical support form
Submitting Form 1545 while I am overseas
You can submit Form 1545 from off-shore or overseas. If you are eligible for the visa fee waiver, you must attach a completed Form 1545 from the University when submitting your student visa application online.
Can I waive my OSHC fee with Form 1545?
No, this waiver only applies to the student visa application fee.
Failed units before T1 2020. Am I eligible for Form 1545?
You are not eligible for Form 1545 due to your failed units prior to 2020. The visa fee waiver form is not intended for students who are applying for a new student visa due to ordinary reasons that are not related to COVID-19.
Bridging visas and Form 1545
Refunds will not be available for students who have already applied for a student visa. Only new student visa applications will be eligible to have the application fee waived.
Evidence of COVID-19 impact
Students can provide further evidence of their COVID-19 related impacts (if applicable) together with the completed Form 1545 provided to you by the University. Please note that the University will not be providing a letter of support.
Can Deakin provide me with Form 1545 so that I can apply for the Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa?
Deakin cannot provide you with Form 1545 for the Temporary Graduate visa (Subclass 485) application until the Department of Home Affairs implements the new changes.
According to the advice from the Department of Home Affairs on 27 August 2020, at this stage, the Department is not accepting Form 1545 for Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) visa eligibility.
Visit the Department of Home Affairs for more information.
Temporary work restriction changes for international students
Due to exceptional circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to ensure the supply of critical services, the Department of Home Affairs and Australian Border Force will take a flexible approach to student visa holders working beyond their usual work limitations, but only in specified industries.
You can work for more than 40 hours a fortnight if you are:
- working for an aged care Approved Provider or Commonwealth-funded aged care service provider with a RACS ID or a NAPS ID (including if you are engaged by a labour-hire company or recruitment agency)
- working for a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider (including if you are engaged by a labour-hire company or recruitment agency)
- enrolled in a health care-related course and you are supporting the health effort against COVID-19, as directed by health officials
- working in the agriculture sector
- working in the tourism and hospitality sector
- working in a supermarket, or associated distribution facility, located in an area impacted by COVID-19 lockdown restrictions for the duration of the lockdown.
See Temporary relaxation of working hours for student visa holders.
This Australian Government advice is subject to change, and therefore, international students should regularly review the Department of Home Affairs website.
Managing your enrolment
Do I need to enrol/re-enrol for on-campus units
If 2022 is your first year at Deakin you will need to wait until you receive your offer letter and enrolment details will be included.
If you are currently studying with Deakin and continuing your study next year, you need to enrol in your units in StudentConnect. Find out more about re-enrolling for next year.
Your course information, course map and requirements can be found in the University Handbook. If you need some help or advice to select your units, book a course advice appointment with a Student Adviser.
Updating your personal details
It is essential students keep their home and postal address up to date in StudentConnect all the time. Your home address is your permanent home; the postal address is where you are during the Trimester.