Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance to assist international students to meet the costs of medical and hospital care that they may need while in Australia. Bridge Business College can arrange OSHC for you for this duration. BUPA is our chosen provider. For more details of BUPA’s OSHC, please visit: http://www.bupa.com.au/health-insurance/cover/oshc/about-oshc
You can also download BUPA’s 2015 Price list (PDF) and brochure (PDF)
Who has to take out OSHC?
People who must take out OSHC are overseas students undertaking formal studies in Australia and their dependents (for example, spouses and children under 18 years old).
For the purposes of OSHC, ‘overseas student’ means
- a person who is the holder of a student visa; or
- a person who: is an applicant for a student visa; and is the holder of a bridging visa; and was immediately before being granted the bridging visa, the holder of a student visa.
Note: If a student is from Norway or Sweden, their government will provide their overseas health cover. If the student is from Belgium they will be covered under a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement and will not be required to take out OSHC.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires overseas students to maintain OSHC for the duration of time they are in Australia. For further information please visit the Department of Immigration & Border Protection.
From 1 July 2010 students must obtain OSHC for the proposed duration of their Student visa.
It is not mandatory for providers to organise OSHC for intending students. Ultimately the student is responsible for ensuring adequate coverage for the proposed duration of their visa.
Work Rights for International Students
As a holder of a student visa you are entitled to work 40 hours per fortnight. This gives you an opportunity to experience the Australian workplace and gain some practical experience. Depending on your level of English and other skills you can find different casual positions in hospitality, retail or office. Hourly rates vary, with the minimal rate being $17,70 per hour before tax.
Before starting your work you will need:
- Australian Bank Account: to open an account you will need to have your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE), passport, Letter of Offer and other forms of identification.
You can choose your bank from many domestic and international banks.
- Australian Tax File Number (TFN): you can apply for TFN at the Australian Tax office. Visit https://www.ato.gov.au/individuals/tax-file-number/apply-for-a-tfn/foreign-passport-holders,-permanent-migrants-and-temporary-visitors—tfn-application/
There are many things to consider, if it sounds confusing don’t worry come see us, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org we are ready to help you make your time at our College a rewarding experience.