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Under-18 International Students

Edith Cowan College (ECC) welcomes international students who are under the age of 18. International students must be (seventeen (17) years old to start study at ECC and be eighteen (18) years old at the start of Orientation Week when they begin their course at Edith Cowan University.

Special arrangements, support services and protections are put in place at ECC for Underage Students (Minors), as outlined in the Underage Students (Minors) Policy and the Underage Students (Minors) Procedures.

Underage Students (Minors) need to have accommodation and welfare arrangements in place prior to arriving in Australia for their studies; see Option A and Option B, below. The parents or legal guardians of the underage student (minor) need to complete the Underage Student (Minor) Parent/Legal Guardian Welfare and Accommodation Arrangements Form and submit it, with required documentation, to admissions@ecc.edu.au as part of the admissions process.

Option A: ECC-Approved Accommodation and Welfare Arrangements for Unaccompanied Minors

If a student will be unaccompanied by a parent or legal guardian and will be living in Australia under an ECC approved accommodation and welfare arrangement, the student and their parent or legal guardian need to follow the steps below to arrange accommodation and welfare services. Once the arrangements are confirmed, ECC will issue the Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare letter (CAAW) for the student visa application.

Please note: Underage Students (Minors) must not arrive in Australia before the date nominated by the College on their CAAW confirmation letter.

Step 1: Arrange Accommodation

Underage Students (Minors) in ECC-approved arrangements must arrange accommodation with the Australian Homestay Network (AHN). Please click here on how to apply.

Step 2: Arrange Welfare Services

Under 18 students in ECC approved arrangements must have a Student Advocate arranged by the welfare support provider, ISA Student Advocates. Please click here to learn more about ISA’s services.  Click here to register for the service.

Step 3: Provide to ECC

Complete the checklist below and provide the listed documents to ECC.

  • A signed and completed copy of this form, the Underage Student (Minor) Parent/Legal Guardian Welfare and Accommodation Arrangements Form which includes the Edith Cowan College-Approved Underage Student (Minor) Welfare and Accommodation Arrangements Terms and Conditions.
  • A certified copy of the parent or legal custodian’s identification with photo and signature. Example: passport, driver’s licence or official ID Card. If the identification is not in English, certified English translated copies must be provided.
  • Evidence of a signed Homestay provider agreement and proof of payment to AHN.
  • Evidence of a signed ISA Student Advocates agreement and proof of payment to ISA Student Advocates.

Option B: Accommodation and welfare provided by a relative approved by the DHA

Select this option if your child will be living in Australia with either:

  • A parent on a Student Guardian Visa (subclass 590); or a
  • Department of Home Affairs (DHA)-approved relative.

Please note:

  1. A list of relatives accepted by the DHA is provided on the 157N Student guardianship arrangements form.
  2. ECC will not issue a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare letter (CAAW), as the accommodation and welfare arrangements will be approved by the DHA.

Step 1: Provide the parent (on a Student Guardian Visa) or DHA-approved relative’s details

Step 2: Provide to ECC

Complete the checklist and declaration below and submit this form, completed and signed and with the required supporting documents, to admissions@ecc.edu.au.

Use this Checklist to confirm that the required documents are submitted with this form:

  • A signed and completed copy of this form, the Underage Student (Minor) Parent/Legal Guardian Welfare and Accommodation Arrangements Form.
  • Certified copy of the parent or legal custodian’s identification with photo and signature. (Example: passport, driver’s licence or official ID Card). If the identification is not in English, certified English translated copies must be provided.
  • Certified copy of the DHA-approved Australian-residing legal guardian’s visa status and identification with photo and signature, such as a passport, driver’s license or official ID card. If the identification is not in English, certified English translated copies must be provided.

Once the student gets their visa, please send us evidence of approval by DHA of the student’s welfare and accommodation arrangements.

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