Guardianship is welfare arrangements for students under 18 years of age. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) states that:
If you have not turned 18 you must maintain adequate arrangements for your accommodation, support and general welfare until you reach the age of 18 whilst staying in Australia.
To maintain adequate arrangements for welfare you must stay in Australia with:
If you are an International student under the age of 18 you will require guardianship arrangements to allow you to study in Australia. Guardians assist to the student by:
There are two acceptable categories of guardianship.
Some students may have a parent/legal guardian, relative or family friend in Canberra who is able to fulfill the guardianship role.
If a parent/legal guardian is to be the guardian, you must provide to the International Services Unit (ISU):
- Your name, address, telephone numbers (home, work, mobile) and email address
- Evidence that you hold or are entitled to an appropriate Australian Visa
If the parents/legal guardian are nominating a family member or friend as guardian, this person must be over 21 years of age, and must provide to the ISU:
Paid professional guardianship is required in all other circumstances. CIT has a contract agreement with AHN Services and as part of this contract the following guardianship companies are registered to provide this service:
Parents/legal guardian/agents are required to select one of the above a guardianship company’s and make the necessary arrangements, including payment directly to the agency.
Your chosen Guardianship company will notify CIT and advise us of the guardianship arrangement including the name of the guardianship agency, the guardian’s name, address, telephone numbers (work, home, mobile) and email address.