Adelaide has been ranked among the world’s most livable cities. The Geographic location , vibrant atmosphere, and beauty of nature in abundance are the contributing factors. South Australia is blessed with fantastic beaches across its region with Kangaroo Island, Yorke Peninsula and limestone coasts. Adelaide region has almost 30 kilometers of continuous coastline that creates the beauty on its doorstep .
International Students have much more experience from Beaches, Hills, Food Joints, Central Market, international sporting events and world renowned arts festivals. Our Adelaide Campus is located on CBD area on Currie Street and Adelaide’s famous Leigh Street and Peel Street. These streets are packed with popular and Exotic small bars. The basements, behind secret doors and down unmarked alleyways have some coolest spots for enjoyment.
The city’s layout is spread evenly across all directions of CBD area and is well connected by public transports and integrated road network. The commuting time is relatively very less in comparison to all cities of Australia. The comparative lower cost of living of around 14% means you have more money to afford wonderful lifestyle and enjoy.
Adelaide has been known with a lot of titles including , The Festival State, The Park City, The Arts City, and The City of Church. The city designed for life.
According to The Department of Home Affairs , the student must fulfill the financial requirements in order to receive a student visa for Australia. The DHA details step by step Student Visa Subclass 500 application and Document Checklist Tool for details on how to provide the evidence for financial obligations. As informed by DHA on October 2019 the 12-month living costs are;
The figures indicated above are for estimation and do not include the miscellaneous expenses on Travel, Holiday expenses, recreational travel and spending’s for foods and drinks.
As recommended by DHA the students should have access to enough funds before their arrival to manage the initial expenses on Tenancy Bonds & rental deposits, home furnishings, groceries, travel card, mobile & internet and other necessary items.
COST OF LIVING CALCULATOR
The Insider Guides ‘Cost of Living Calculator’ is also a useful, practical tool to help estimate your cost of living in Australia www.insiderguides.com.au/cost-of-living-calculator/.
Study Adelaide is the official government website for studying in South Australia as an international student. The extensive information is detailed on their website about all accommodation and living cost. The study Adelaide manages the website Adelaide Student Housing . This website helps student in finding the suitable accommodations.
A number of accommodation options available for international students.
Other living expenses
Costs of Living would normally include:
International Students can access free inner-city tram or bus. International students have extensive discounts on public transport for travel outside of the city. There are plenty of options available
Adelaide Metro – Adelaide city and suburbs are well connected by network of Train, Trams and Buses . It’s safe and includes:
The Adelaide city and suburbs are well planned and have broad and flat streets. The extensive paths for bike, cycling (and walking) around Adelaide is convenient and safe. Adelaide region encompasses :
For travel to and from distant locations students can also drive. The students buy a car for permanent use or rent a car for the occasional road trip.
It is highly recommended to familiarize yourself with South Australian road rules and have a valid drivers License.
As per ServiceSA International Students in South Australia can drive with an International overseas licence till the validity of the that licence. The student are required to carry a current overseas licence at all times.
Most student visas allow you to bring your family members to Australia as your dependents (check your individual circumstances Department of Home Affairs website). Family members include your spouse, and you and your spouse’s dependent children. Before bringing your spouse or children to Australia, you will have to prove that you can support them financially.The cost of supporting a family in Australia is high. You may have to consider and discuss many issues with your family. Issues to Consider Rather than bringing your family together with you to Australia, some students may find it useful to arrive first, settle into studies, find appropriate accommodation, adjust to living in Australia and then arrange for their family to join them.Before making a decision to bring your family to Australia it is important to consider the following issues:
Finding suitable childcare in Australia requires patience and planning. Waiting lists for places in most childcare centres are long. Many schools offer before- and after-school care programs (usually 7:30am-8:45am and 3:30pm-6:00pm). Children who need these programs must be registered with the school. There are a wide variety of private and not-for-profit childcare centres available around Adelaide South Australia.The Australian government provides financial assistance to help parents with childcare costs. International students who receive direct financial assistance from the government, through a government scholarship, may be eligible to receive the child care benefit. To find out if you are eligible for child care financial assistance, read more at the www.Australia.gov.au website.
If you would like to bring your children to Australia with you, you must be aware of the following schooling issues:
Please contact: ADELAIDE SCHOOLS:
There are two types of schools in Australia – State schools and independent schools.
Directory of State and Independent Schools Adelaide
|Visa subclass||Your tertiary student status||Category of Dependant|
|500||Full fee-paying international student||Children of a full fee-paying international tertiary student|
|500||South Australian endorsed scholarship holder||Children of a full fee-paying international tertiary student|
If your visa subclass or citizenship is one of the following, your children cannot be enrolled as Dependants.
|Visa subclass or citizenship||Do your children need to be enrolled as international or local students?||Follow the link for further information|
|500||If you are an international tertiary student studying English on an ELICOS course only, your children need to be enrolled as full-fee paying international students||Primary school studentHigh school student|
2020 Fee Schedule Dependant : https://www.internationalstudents.sa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/Fee-Schedule_Eng_Dependants_2020_170119-2.pdf
If you are a South Australian endorsed scholarship holder studying in a South Australian university or tertiary education institution on visa subclass 500, you may choose to enrol your children (5-18 years of age and unmarried) in a South Australian government school of your choice (subject to zoning and capacity).
South Australian government endorsed scholarships include:
If you do not have one of the above South Australian endorsed scholarships, you will need to enrol your defendants as Children of a full fee-paying international tertiary student.
Your children need to be enrolled as full-fee paying overseas students for the duration of your visa.
You should read this section carefully, and discuss the issues raised in this section with the bank or financial institution in your home country before you leave. All banks operate differently and you should be aware of all fees, charges, ease of access to your funds, and safety of the way in which you will access those funds.
Only Australian currency can be used in Australia. If you have not brought some with you, you can change money at the airport. Once you have arrived in Perth, you can also change money at any bank or at currency exchanges.
You should prepare a folder of official documents to bring with you to Australia, including:
If you are travelling with your family you will need to include their documents as well. Keep all documents in your carry-on luggage. In case you lose the originals, make copies that can be left behind with family and sent to you.
When you first arrive in Australia you will be required to make your way through Australian Immigration (follow the signs for Arriving Passengers as you leave the plane). An Immigration Officer will ask to see your completed Incoming Passenger Card (given to you on the plane) along with your passport and student visa evidence. The Immigration Officer will check your documents and may ask you a few questions about your plans for your stay in Australia
Once you have passed through the immigration checks you will move to baggage claim (follow the signs) and collect your luggage. Check that nothing is missing or damaged. If something is missing or damaged go to the Baggage Counter and advise them of your problem. Staff at the Baggage Counter will help you to find your belongings or lodge a claim for damage.
Students are often surprised by how strict Australian Customs Services and quarantine can be. If you’re in doubt about whether your goods are prohibited or not, declare it anyway on the Incoming Passenger Card which you will receive on the plane. Students have received on the spot fines for not declaring items.
Baggage allowances flying into Australia will vary according to your carrier, flight class and country of origin. Please check with your carrier prior to departure. International economy passengers are generally permitted 1 x checked luggage (30kg) and 1 x carry-on (7kg). Within Australia you are generally allowed only 20kg of checked luggage. This will significantly limit the amount of things you can bring, especially if you will fly within Australia to get to your final destination. It is essential to think the packing process through very carefully. You will be able to purchase most things upon arrival in Australia but the price may be higher than in your own country.
Once you have your luggage you will go through Customs. Be careful about what you bring into Australia. Some items you might bring from overseas can carry pests and diseases that Australia doesn’t have. You must declare ALL food, meat, fruit, plants, seeds, wooden souvenirs, animal or plant materials or their derivatives.
Australia has strict quarantine laws and tough on-the-spot fines. Every piece of luggage is now screened or x-rayed by quarantine officers, detector dog teams and x-ray machines. If you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items, or make a false declaration, you will get caught. In addition to on-the-spot fines, you could be prosecuted and fined more than AU$60,000 and risk 10 years in prison.
All international mail is also screened. Some products may require treatment to make them safe. Items that are restricted because of the risk of pests and disease will be seized and destroyed by the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS).
For more detailed information about bringing in food, animals, plants, animal or plant materials or their derivatives visit http://www.agriculture.gov.au/biosecurity
Airport Reception Service
KCBT can organise for you to be picked up from the Airport and taken to your accommodation. You need to let us know 2 weeks in advance if you would like this service. The cost of airport pickup is $80 per person.
A few pointers on picking up and dropping off passengers.
The Adelaide Airport Pick-up and Drop-off zone are conveniently located towards the entry point of the airport, on Sir Richard Williams Avenue. View the grounds map of Adelaide Airport for the exact location. Look out for our friendly Ground Transport staff in the Pick-up and Drop-off zone who will direct you to the nearest space to pull in.
If you intend to pick-up or drop-off your passengers you can only stop in the extreme left lane. The other two lanes are through lanes ONLY. Stopping in these two through lanes is not permitted. Vehicles are not permitted to stop at the kerbside except for immediate passenger pick-up and drop-off.
If your passenger has not arrived yet, please do not park and wait. This will only cause delays to drivers who are able to pick up passengers that have arrived. Keep driving through and do a lap back around to the start of the Pick-up and Drop-off zone. If you have picked up or dropped off your passenger please exit the Pick-up and Drop-off zone as soon as you can to keep traffic flowing.
Due to Government security requirements, you must not leave your vehicle unattended at any time. Unattended vehicles may be towed. If you are asked to move your vehicle by our Ground Transport staff, please do so.
Here are few more tips to make your pick-up/drop-off even easier.
It is easy to get around the city and suburbs with Adelaide’s public transport system – Adelaide Metro. It’s safe and includes:
The best and most affordable way to use Adelaide’s public transport system is to use a MetroCARD which you can recharge online, or at a variety of shops.
As of Monday 21 October, 2019 at 9:00 am the Taxi drop off will now be located at Atura Circuit, between the terminal and Atura Hotel. Access to the terminal is via the northern doors. The lifts or escalators will take you to Level 2 for departures.
To exit the airport, there is a designated taxi rank located to the left (western side) of the pedestrian plaza as you walk out of the terminal. Concierges provide a safe environment and allocate taxis to passengers. They can also organise taxis with wheelchair access, five-seaters and maxi taxis for larger groups or station wagons for large amounts of baggage.
There is a $3 levy added to all fares for taxis leaving the airport
Before you leave home, you should provide your family and friends, and your education provider in Australia, with details of your flights to Australia and where you will be staying when you arrive. (Do not change these details without informing them.) Once you have arrived in Australia, you should then let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely. It is important to ALWAYS let someone know where you are and how to contact you by phone or by post.
While living and studying abroad may be an exciting adventure, it can also present a range of challenges. Having decided to study and live in Australia you will be undertaking adjustments in many areas of your life including cultural, social and academic. It is also important to remember that while these changes are occurring you will be embarking upon a new term of study (for many of you in a different language) and be away from your usual supports, networks and resources. Adjustment to a new country and culture is a process that occurs gradually and takes time.
The values, beliefs, traditions and customs of your home country may vary greatly from those in Australia and adapt to the Australian way of life may take some time. This advice may help:
Try to maintain a sense of perspective
Culture shock is the feeling of being out of place in an unfamiliar environment. The initial excitement of moving to a new country often subsides when different cultural expectations challenge you to attend to daily responses and behaviours previously taken for granted. Then potential stress of dealing with these persistent challenges can result in feelings of hostility and frustration with your host country as well as a profound longing for home.
Once you realise you have culture shock, getting over it and moving on to better adjustment with the host culture will depend on you. It is you who must take some positive steps to feel better, and the sooner you take them, the better.
(Source: Rotary International Youth Exchange)
Australians hold certain days each year as special days of national meaning. We may recognise the day with a holiday for everyone or we can celebrate the day as a nation with special events. Most States and Territories observe some of the public holidays on the same date. They have others on different dates or have some days that only their State or Territory celebrates. In larger cities, most shops, restaurants and public transport continue to operate on public holidays. In smaller towns, most shops and restaurants close.
Australians love to celebrate New Year. There are festivals, celebrations and parties all over the country to welcome in the New Year. The fireworks display is considered to be one of the best. January 1 is a public holiday.
Australia Day, January 26, is the day we as a people and place celebrate our nationhood. The day is a public holiday. The day marks the founding of the first settlement in our nation by European people.
Easter commemorates the resurrection (return to life) of Jesus Christ following his death by crucifixion. It is the most significant event of the Christian calendar. In addition to its religious significance, Easter in Australia is enjoyed as a four-day holiday weekend starting on Good Friday and ending on Easter Monday. This extra-long weekend is an opportunity for Australians to take a mini holiday, or get together with family and friends. Easter often coincides with school holidays, so many people with school aged children incorporate Easter into a longer family holiday. Easter is the busiest time for domestic air travel in Australia, and a very popular time for gatherings such as weddings and christenings.
Anzac Day is on April 25 the day the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915 during World War 1. This day is set apart to hold dear the memory of those who fought for our nation and those who lost their life to war. The day is a public holiday. We remember with ceremonies, wreath laying and military parades. You will find that many towns have an ANZAC Day parade and ceremony culminating in the laying of memorial wreaths at a monument or war memorial. These services can be very moving and a wonderful way of experiencing some Australian National pride, as the memories of our fallen soldiers are commemorated. Many Australians attend the National War Memorial in Canberra, or a War Memorial in one of the Capital Cities around Australia for either the traditional “Dawn Service”, which commemorates the landing of the ANZACS at Gallipoli in the dark and dawning of that day, or another service usually commencing around mid-morning with a parade of returned armed forces representing all Australians who have fought in war. As Australia is such a multi-cultural country, these days it is common to see many other countries also represented in these parades.
ANZAC Day is the only day of the year where it may also be possible to attend an RSL (Returned Servicemen’s League) Club to experience a traditional game of “TWO-UP”. A game of chance played by the ANZACS where money is waged on the toss of three coins for a resulting combination of 2 out of 3 being either heads or tails. RSL clubs are crammed with returned soldiers and their families and friends on this day, the atmosphere are one of “mateship” and friendliness to all and the experience of a game of two-up is a memorable one.
Labour Day is celebrated on different dates throughout Australia. As elsewhere in the world, Labour Day originated in Australia as a means of giving ‘working people’ a day off and recognising the roots of trade unionist movements and workers’ rights.
The Queen’s Birthday holiday celebrates the birthday of Queen Elizabeth II who is not only Queen of the United Kingdom but also Queen of Australia. Having the Queen’s Birthday on a Monday, results in a three-day long weekend.
Christmas is celebrated in Australia on 25 December. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Christians believe that Jesus is ‘the son of God’, the Messiah sent from Heaven to save the world. The heat of early summer in Australia has an impact on the way that Australians celebrate Christmas and our English heritage also has an impact on some northern hemisphere Christmas traditions which are followed.
In the weeks leading up to Christmas, houses are decorated; greetings cards sent out; carols sung; Christmas trees installed in homes, schools and public places; and children delight in anticipating a visit from Santa Claus. On Christmas Day family and friends gather to exchange gifts and enjoy special Christmas food. Australians are as likely to eat freshly caught seafood outdoors at a barbeque, as to have a traditional roast dinner around a dining table.
Many Australians spend Christmas out of doors, going to the beach for the day, or heading to camping grounds for a longer break over the Christmas holiday period.
Carols by Candlelight have become a huge Christmas tradition in Australia. Carols by Candlelight events today range from huge gatherings, which are televised live throughout the country, to smaller local community and church events.
You can choose to open an account in any Bank, Credit Union or Building Society in Australia. Do your research to get the best deal.
To open a bank account you will need:
Anyone who wishes to open a bank account in Australia must show several pieces of personal identification which are allotted a points system. 100 points of identification is required to establish your identity as the person who will be named in the account. Your passport and proof of your arrival date in Australia will be acceptable as 100 points IF you open an account within six weeks of arrival in Australia. After this time you will be required to produce additional documentation. As a student you will be able to open an account with special student benefits. Many banks have ‘Student Accounts’ which contain no or minimal fees for transactions that might normally be attached to regular savings accounts. You will also require the student ID card from your institution to prove you are a student and should have access to the benefits offered by a student bank account. For a comparison of accounts in banks throughout Australia see:
Most people in Australia enjoy the convenience of Internet banking and/or Telephone banking, which enables them to manage their money, pay bills etc. from home. At the time you are setting up your account you can request these services from your bank.
|National Australia Bank
22-28 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 13 22 65
121 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 13 13 14
96 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: (08) 8206 4467
1 King William St, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 13 20 32
11 Rundle Mall, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 13 13 76
55 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 1800 308 008
Please note – this is only a sample list of some financial institutions in Australia with no particular recommendation.
Please visit this website and find Banks & ATMs nearest to you: www.lookatwa.com.au/AboutPerth/banks.html
Most bank branches are open from Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm (except on public holidays). Some branches have extended trading hours during the week and may be open Saturdays (check with your individual bank).
ATMs remain open 24 hours a day. However, you should be aware of your personal safety if accessing cash from an ATM at night in quiet areas where there are not a lot of people around.
Bank fees are the price you pay for the products and services that banks offer. Different banks charge different fees for different products and services, and the best way to find out what fees apply is simply to ask your bank. Any fees that apply to your accounts are fully disclosed in information leaflets and terms and conditions that your bank can provide before you open your account. Some banks waive some fees if you are a full-time student. The way you do your banking may also affect the fees that apply for example: internet banking rather than walking into a branch. If you don’t understand any fee that has been charged, contact your bank.
Most banks will provide regular statements for your accounts (just how regular can depend on the type of account). On request, banks will provide statements on a deposit account at more frequent intervals, but this may attract a fee. Bank statements are your record of everything that has happened in your account over a given period – the withdrawals, deposits and transfers that were made, and any bank fees and government taxes you were charged.
Telephone and Internet banking can make it easy to check your statements, and some banks even offer ‘mini statements’ through their own ATMs.
Check your statements regularly to make sure you’ve got enough money in your account to cover your expenses and keep track of your spending, as well as make sure that all transactions made in your account are legitimate. Refer to your statements to see what fees you are paying on your bank accounts and why, and to see whether a few simple changes to your banking habits could help you to reduce the fees you pay (for example, using your own bank’s ATMs instead of other banks’ ATMs).
(Source: Australian Bankers’ Association Inc.)
You must obtain a Tax File Number to be able to work in Australia. A tax file number (TFN) is your unique reference number to our tax system. When you start work, your employer will ask you to complete a tax file number declaration form. If you do not provide a TFN your employment will be taxed at the highest personal income tax rate, which will mean less money in your wages each week.
You can apply for your TFN online at www.ato.gov.au, or phone 13 28 61, 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday. For the ATO translating and interpreter service phone: 13 14 50.
If you pay too much tax you are entitled to a refund. To get a refund you will need to lodge a tax return. You can lodge online using e-tax (free), by mailing a paper tax return, or by paying a registered tax agent to complete and lodge the return for you. If you lodge by e-tax your refund will normally be issued within 14 days.
If your monthly wage is more than AU$450, your employer must contribute an additional sum equal to 9% of your wage into a superannuation (pension) account for you. In most cases, you can access your contributions when you leave Australia permanently, although the contributions will be taxed. Check your eligibility to claim superannuation and to apply for your payment, visit: www.ato.gov.au/departaustralia You will need to provide the details of your superannuation fund.
(Source: Australian Taxation Office)
Obeying the Law
One of the reasons we have such a wonderful lifestyle in Australia is due to our representative democracy, the separation of powers, and our respect for the rule of law. We have a lot of laws in Australia and as a result, society runs smoothly.
In being granted a visa to study in Australia, you signed a document (Australian Values Statement Temporary) agreeing to respect Australian values and obey the laws of Australia for the duration of your stay. Failure to comply with the laws of this land (including State and Territory laws) could result in a fine or the cancellation of your visa and possible deportation back home. If you are convicted of a serious crime, it could result in imprisonment.
Nobody wants this to happen!
You can find a comprehensive outline of Australian law and the legal system at www.australia.gov.au
As per ServiceSA International Students in South Australia can drive with an International overseas licence till the validity of the that licence. The student are required to carry a current overseas licence at all times.
The Department is responsible for:
When you are out and about it is important to be alert and aware of your personal safety. If you are going out at night remember:
(Source: Australian Federal Police)
A person who waves at unknown drivers from the side of the road to request a ride with a driver further along the road is called a Hitchhiker. Some travel companies promote hitchhiking as an inexpensive means of travelling around Australia.
HOWEVER: Many crimes have been committed against innocent hitchhikers including violent personal crimes and abductions. You do not know anything about the person whose car you get into.
Our advice to you is: DON’T HITCHHIKE! It simply is not worth the risk.
Travelling on public transport should be a safe and comfortable experience. Numerous security measures have been adopted to maximise the safety of travellers including: security officers, police, guards, help points, good lighting and security cameras. Most drivers also have two-way radios and can call for assistance.
Waiting for a bus:
Many of the same safety tips when travelling by bus apply for trains. In addition:
Travelling by taxi is generally quite a safe method of public transport. To increase your confidence when travelling by taxi, consider the following suggestions: