Overseas Student Health Cover
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is a health insurance that covers the cost of visits to the doctor, some hospital treatment, ambulance cover, and some pharmaceuticals. International students must have OSHC while in Australia for the duration of their course of study. The OSHC must be paid before a student visa is issued.
Australian law requires international students to undertake a full-time study load. A full-time study load is normally a minimum of 20 hours per week for at least 40 weeks each calendar year or continuous 12-month period.
International students studying VET courses are expected to attend all classes to facilitate effective learning. GIC monitors student attendance in accordance with tis Attendance Policy and requires students to attend 80% of their scheduled classes. However, students in VET courses at GIC will be reported to the Department of Home affairs (DHA) only on the basis of unsatisfactory course progress (see Academic Progress).
Please refer to attendance policy at www.gicollege.edu.au/gicollege/policies-and-procedures
If students do not meet academic progress requirements they will be reported to Department of Home affairs (DHA) which may lead to cancellation of their visa. Unsatisfactory progress is defined as not successfully completing or demonstrating competency in at least 50% of the course requirements in that study period. One study period for GIC course is of 10 weeks (term).
A failure in more than 50% of units in one study period will trigger a review of academic progress by GIC and the implementation of an intervention strategy. Failing a unit means being assessed as ‘Not Yet Competent (NYC)’ for a completed unit.
In order to have the best chance of maintaining satisfactory progress you must:
- Attend all classroom activities, theory and practical classes
- Pay attention to the work and activities undertaken in class
- Study the theory and practice the skills that are taught in class
- Ensure that you are present for all assessment activities scheduled by trainers
- Make an appointment with the Trainer or Student Administration Officer if you are having any difficulties with your studies.
In addition to the above minimum requirement, GIC will implement counselling procedures and an intervention strategy when trainers think the student may be at risk of not meeting the course requirements. If a student is identified as not making satisfactory course progress in a two consecutive study period in a course, GIC will notify the student of its intention to report the student to Department of Home affairs (DHA) for unsatisfactory progress. The provider does this through the written notice.
Please refer course progress policy at www.gicollege.edu.au/gicollege/policies-and-procedures
Change of Address
Upon arriving in Australia, you are required to advise GIC of your residential address, email address, mobile phone number and emergency contact details. Any changes to these details must be notified to GIC within 7 days of the change. It is extremely important that students notify GICof a change of address as, under Section 20 of the ESOS Act 2000, GIC is obliged to serve a notice at your last known address if you breach a student visa condition relating to attendance or academic performance. GIC may also send warning notices to you to help prevent breaches of your visa conditions. As per Tuition Protection Service (TPS) update, international students are required to update their current address at least every six months. It is your responsibility and in your own interests to ensure that your address details are always up-to-date at GIC. Additional information on student visa issues is available on the DHA web site at Department of Home Affairs www.homeaffairs.gov.au