Individuals and Travellers

Student visa conditions for members of your family unit

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The visas of members of your family unit have conditions that your family must comply with.

Conditions that might be attached to your family members
Condition numberWho this applies toDescription
8104All family member visa holders You cannot work more than 40 hours per fortnight. A fortnight means the period of 14 days starting on a Monday.
You must not start work until the primary student visa holder has started their course.
Exceptions - family members of the following students can work unlimited hours once the primary student visa holder has started their course:
  • students studying a master's by coursework or research degree
  • students studying doctorate degree.
8201All family member visa holders who are over 18 years of ageYou cannot study for more than three months while in Australia. This condition applies to student dependent visa holders who were 18 years of age or older when the visa was granted.
8516All family member visa holders You must meet the requirements for your student visa.
For example, you must continue to be a member of the family of the primary applicant and you must continue to have enough money for stay in Australia.
See: Applying for a Student Visa
8501All family member visa holders You must have health insurance during your stay in Australia. You must maintain Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC).
8204All Iranian citizensWe must grant approval for you to start or change a course or a thesis or research topic for a:
  • graduate certificate
  • graduate diploma
  • master’s degree
  • doctorate
  • bridging course that is a prerequisite to a course of study or research for a master degree or a doctorate.

You must not start or change course without approval from the Department and the Department has obtained an assessment from competent Australian authorities. If you are considering changing your course you must complete Form 1221 - Additional personal particulars information and submit to Your subject line must be ‘8203/8204 Assessment’.

8303This is not a mandatory condition but we might apply it to any student family visas.You must not be involved in any activities that are disruptive to, or in violence threatening harm to, the Australian community or a group within the Australian community.
8518All family member visa holders under 18 years of ageSchooling arrangements must be maintained while in Australia.

This condition applies to dependant student  visa holders who are under 18 years of age, while they are in Australia.
8534This is not a mandatory condition but we might apply it to any student family visas.You are not entitled to be granted a further substantive visa, while you remain in Australia, other than:
  • a protection visa
  • a Temporary Graduate (subclass 485) visa
  • a Student Guardian (subclass 590) visa.
The effect of this visa condition is that, except in extremely limited circumstances, you cannot stay in Australia beyond the date on your visa.