Shafston is ready to welcome students from 18 April 2022 for Brisbane Campus and 1 August for Gold coast campus.
Students can commence any Monday from these dates, but recommended start dates, you can refer our calendar: Link
There is school Christmas holiday of 2 weeks each year.
Up to 1 week is permitted after whole program with Shafston and before the starting of pathway schools, as per the accredited course. The DOS will speak to the student 3-weeks before the ‘break’ to discuss the student’s intentions over the ‘break’ period.
The intended one week break is to enable the student to prepare for entry and take up their offer at an Australian schools. This means, the student can purchase the school uniform, books, meet with the Year level coordinator, etc. However, if the student is NOT entering an Australian schools:
Yes, the student must attend 5 days a week and satisfy all visa conditions.
Yes, there is a compulsory on-shore placement test and the students is tested on his/her first day at Shafston and interviewed by the DOS.
Students can also take the off-shore test which is available on the Shafston website. This test is also available via an off-shore agent, or upon request from a Shafston marketing staff member.
It is optional for prospective students to take the offshore test. However, we strongly advise all students to try the test and send the test to our DOS (Director of Studies) who can then recommend the number of weeks you ought to study, as well as assist you with any questions about your level of English.
Yes you can study on a tourist visa and enrol for a minimum of 2 weeks but recommended to enrol more than 5 weeks in the Shafston PEP/HSP program.
Minimum number of weeks: 2 weeks in the Shafston PEP/HSP program (but recommended for more than 5 weeks)
Maximum number of weeks: as per tourist visa is 3 months
Student visa applicants who are under 18 years of age, must meet the welfare arrangements as stipulated by the Department of Home Affairs.
The student’s welfare must be maintained for the duration of their stay in Australia as a student visa condition.
To maintain welfare, overseas students can either:
If the student has notified Shafston that they do not require Shafston to assist with this – it is important that the student’s eligible relative met the conditions, and have an appropriate visa or have applied for a Student Guardian visa (subclass 590).
An eligible relative is:
The Department of Home Affairs will assess the nominated arrangements according to the Migration Regulations 1994, and if approved, the parent, legal custodian or eligible relative will be the overseas ‘nominated guardian’. The registered provider is not involved and must not issue a CAAW letter.
Yes it is compulsory. All students are required to attend orientation at Shafston and complete the day one requirements.
The Orientation program is a very important part of your Shafston Orientation Program Check Point. There is a page in the Shafston COMPASS Diary for our staff to sign off with you.
Yes. Remember to speak to Shafston staff and show us your pre-conditional offer letter, so we can work together to assist you with your transition to high school after you complete your Shafston preparation course.
No, Shafston does not allow independent living even if the student has turned 18 years of age. The student must remain in the Shafston approved homestay or continue to live with the parent, legal custodian or relative approved by the Australian Government.
If the student meets the pre-conditional offer of the pathway high school before the end of the Shafston HSP program and there is written acceptance for the student to commence and take up this offer then the student must provide written proof of this, with the commencement date for their high school pathway course.
A student who is under 18 and is enrolled in two or more courses with different providers must show evidence that they have continuous welfare arrangements in place. If the education providers are approving these arrangements, there must not be a gap in between the dates nominated by both providers.
Shafston is obligated by the National Code to advise the Department of Home Affairs as soon as possible in the event that the under 18 year old student has changed his or her living arrangements or the registered provider no longer approves of the arrangements.
If Shafston reports the student for changing his or her living arrangements and the provider approves of the changed arrangements, the Department of Home Affairs will be informed of the change but no further action will be taken.
If Shafston reports the student for changing his or her living arrangements and the provider no longer approves of the arrangements, the student is in breach of student visa condition 8532 and their visa may be subject to cancellation.
Remember to check this for more information: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/student-500/welfare-arrangements-students-under-18
Shafston would still like the student to:
Questions / more information – please contact Shafston International College.
The uniform is included as part of the learning material fee.
No students in the Shafston HSP program are permitted to leave the campus at any time. Students must go to the "afternoon club" and are fully supervised by a member of our Shafston team E.g. Homework Club.
No. Students in the HSP program are not permitted to smoke.