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SSVF Appraisal: communication campaign on Student visa condition 8202

Monday, September 17 2018

The Government recently agreed to a number of recommendations arising from the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) Appraisal.  Recommendation 3(a) was that the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) conduct a campaign to educate students on visa condition 8202 and encourage compliance when they transfer to a lower Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level course.

The Department is now commencing the communication campaign.  We have attached a printable factsheet and poster more information about course transfers is also available on the Department’s website ( and search ‘changing courses’).

Over a 12-month period, the Department’s website and social media platforms will be used to publish key messages to Student visa (subclass 500) holders, Facebook posts will begin next week. Messaging will be along the following lines:

  • Student visa holders must maintain enrolment in a registered course that is the same AQF level as, or higher than, the course for which they were granted their visa (condition 8202).
  • If a student changes to a course at a lower AQF level, even with the same education provider, they must apply for a new Student visa (with the exception of a student changing from a doctoral degree (AQF level 10) to a Masters degree (AQF level 9).
  • It is a student’s responsibility to check whether they need to apply for a new Student visa if considering changing courses.
  • A student will be in breach of their visa conditions if they change to a lower level AQF level course without applying for, and being granted, a new Student visa.  This may result in their visa being considered for cancellation.

As flagged at the EVCC meeting in August, we would welcome any feedback or suggestions throughout the campaign on any other products we could provide to assist you reach as many international students and education providers as possible.  Please direct any feedback or queries to the EVCC mailbox,


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