Australia provides a Guardianship Service for International Students under 18
years via the following guidelines.
service provides Parents with a single contact point for their child outside of
can be assured that their child is well cared for while they study in
Australia and that their child complies with their Student Visa requirements as
specified by the Department of Immigration, Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs
Homestay accommodation provided to the Under 18 year student, a representative
of Homestay Australia has visited the premises, a "Work With Children Card" ;
Police Clearance has been issued for every member of the family over 18 years
the Host has the required Insurance cover for the student in their home.
Relationship between Homestay Australia and Schools
All Homestay Hosts to deal with Homestay Australia directly with reference
to any issue Ė no direct contact with schools is acceptable unless the
school has made contact with the Host family first.
Homestay Australia will invoice the student on a monthly basis for the
All students attending a Secondary School must remain in Homestay
accommodation. Students who become eighteen years must remain in Homestay
accommodation to continue their studies until the end of the academic year.
Secondary Studentís Responsibilities in Homestay
Ensure the Host is aware of their health and well being
Ensure that they are contactable 24/7 by either their school, their Host
and Homestay Australia
To be responsible for their personal hygiene
To be responsible for their own study pattern
To respect the personal space of other members of their home
To respect the privacy of other members of their home
To ensure that they become a part of family life and participate in the day
to day activities of the family
By not mainly staying in their bedroom when they are home and including
themselves in daily family chores.
Empty the dishwasher
Clearing up after meals
By leaving the bathroom as they have found it
By minimizing time in the bathroom as a consideration for other family
By leaving the kitchen as they have found it
By being home at the designated meal time
Responsibilities for housing a Secondary School Student
In the Homestay, the host is expected to provide the following service :
Three meals per day, breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days per week; a single
room; furnished and laundry facilities in the Homestay. The Homestay fee also
covers charges for electricity & gas and water.
Day to day care of the students by :
Providing healthy meals
Doing their student's washing and ironing
Ensuring that a student has acceptable hygiene habits
Ensuring that a student is coping with living in a foreign country and that
their mental well-being is being monitored.
Ensuring that their student is completing their homework on time.
Ensuring that their student is attending school on a required basis and has
a clear understanding of the local transport systems.
Providing guidelines to their student regarding :
Acceptable times to be at home after school and at weekends
Amount of time on the internet for leisure purposes
Liaising with the student's Guardian on a weekly basis
Reporting to Homestay Australia behaviour by students which is
Reporting to Homestay Australia behaviour by students which is unusual
Reporting to Homestay Australia behaviour by students which is deemed as
Smoking in the Home
Consumption of alcohol
Unacceptable times home after school and at weekends
Unacceptable amount of time on the internet for leisure purposes
Inappropriate display of manners or respect to other members of the home
Invitation of friends to the home without permission of the Homestay
Student Under 18 years requesting to stay overnight away from their Homestay
or wishing to travel out of their metropolitan area.
18 student is requested to provide the following details or documents to their
School, Homestay Australia and their Host if they intend to stay overnight away
from their Homestay or to travel anywhere outside of their metropolitan region :
1) The name, contact details and address of the Over-21
Adult who will be supervising then during their overnight stay or their
travels. Please also include their relationship to the student (e.g. brother,
sister, family friend)
2) The travel details / flight information / itinerary of
the student as well as the people they are travelling with.
3) A letter/email of consent from the studentís parents stating that they
are aware that the child will be staying away from their Homestay home or
travelling out of their metropolitan area, also stating the dates of their
travel, with whom they will be travelling with, and where they will be staying.
If a student cannot provide the required documents the Host is required to
advise the student that they are not allowed to stay overnight away from their
Homestay or to travel anywhere outside of their metropolitan region as they will
be in breach of their Student visa. Any further issues can be directed to our
office. 0400 468 658.
Monitor the student's studies by monthly visits to the Homestay that the
student resides in and to provide a contact point for the school at all
To arrange for the student's leisure and travel activities during the
To arrange their Banking requirements upon arrival
To arrange purchases of large or costly items (computers, mobile phones)
To arrange purchase of School Books and School Uniforms
If required by the studentsí parents, to control the student's finances,
i.e..: weekly pocket money
To sign medical forms as required by the school.
To transfer their student in the event of illness, to a Medical Centre in
order to receive treatment after being advised by the Host Parent.
To correspond with the parents of the student on a monthly basis as to the
welfare of their son or daughter by email.
To ensure the student complies with any visa requirements as required by the
Australian Government. i.e.: attendance, non-changing of accommodation
without the expressed permission of the school the student attends
To notify Homestay Australia of any grievance between the student and the
Homestay host in order for Homestay Australia to initiate
Critical Incident Procedures.
To attend parent teacher meetings as required per term.
To change their student's Homestay accommodation upon request (depending on
the reasons provided and in conjunction with Homestay Australia)
To Liaise with the Host Family on a weekly basis.
Assisting the student with the arrangement of their
telephone/mobile/internet connection if they are seeking their own
the School for the International Student.
The School is responsible for the overall welfare of the student. They are
required to :
give the department a signed statement confirming that appropriate
arrangements have been made for the studentís accommodation, support and
general welfare during their stay in Australia
Notify the department in writing of any changes to the care arrangements.
Additionally, students are required to obtain their education provider's
approval to change these arrangements if they wish to do so after their
arrival in Australia.
Guardianship for a Student residing in a Homestay
Weekly fee : $44.00 (Include GST)