Australian Dependent Student Visa

Dependent Student Visa

Did you know you could bring your family to Australia on a dependent family visa? If you have a spouse, partner or unmarried child of less than 18 years living abroad whom you want to join you here in Australia – your family is eligible for a dependent student visa.

What is required?

To be eligible to enter Australian with a dependent student visa the following are the eligibility conditions:

For a dependent spouse or partner

  • The dependent person must be your spouse (the person you are married to) or de facto partner (including same sex partners)
  • If the dependent is your de facto partner, you must have been living with your partner for at least 12 months, and you share a genuine and exclusive relationship with your partner

For dependent child

  • The dependent child must be your child or that of your partner
  • The child must not be married or engaged to be married or in a de facto relationship
  • The child must be less than 18 years of age and must be still in continuous education


To bring your family members as dependents on your Australian student visa you must declare your family members on your visa application form, even if they may not travel with you to Australia. If you do not declare all family members on your visa application, they will not be eligible to apply for a dependent visa once you arrive in Australia.

In case you are including your dependent family members in your original student visa application, then you must include all members of your family on your original Form 157A (Application for a student visa).

In case you are applying for family members to join you after you have started your course in Australia, then you must submit the following documents:

  • Form 919 (Nomination of student dependents)
  • Form 157A (Application for a student visa)
  • An original letter from the education provider stating:
    1. The course you are studying
    2. The duration of the course and the expected date of completion
    3. If you are satisfying all course requirements
  • Evidence of having enough money to support your dependents in Australia
  • Evidence of your relationship with your dependents in the form of officially issued birth certificate and marriage certificate
  • Evidence of school enrolment for your school-aged dependents
  • Evidence of health insurance for each dependent

Rights Granted Under Australian Dependent Student Visa

Dependent partners are granted work rights in Australia. These rights depend on the course of study of the student. These rights are:

  • A dependent partner can study in Australia for any course of 3 months or lesser duration
  • For a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree, the dependent partner will be allowed to work up to 40 hours per fortnight
  • For a student pursuing a master’s degree or a doctorate degree or doing research work, the dependent partner will have full and unlimited work rights

Student Visa Fees

The Australian student visa application fee is currently $575 AUD (Australian Dollars), which needs to be paid when you submit your application. Please note that visa application charges are reviewed annually on July 1. If you have dependents joining you on your visa there will be additional fees payable when you make your application.

*  Your application fee will not be refunded if your application for a dependent visa is refused or rejected for any reason.

*  The conversion into other currencies is based on current conversion rates, which may change.

*  The visa application fee is subject to change at any time.


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What make the move to Australia with your family?

Australia is a member country of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OCED). This organisation promotes policies to improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OCED publishes a Better Life Index which compares the quality of life of its member countries. The Better Life Index looks at areas that directly affect people’s daily lives such as healthcare, schooling, social security, how much leisure time people have, and the amount of taxes people pay.

Australia ranks among the top countries in most areas of the Better Life Index.

Some of the quality of life areas in which Australia excels or is above the average of other OCED countries are:

·       Income – household net adjusted disposable income per capita is higher than the OCED average

·       Jobs – over 72% of people aged 15 to 64 have a paid job well above the OECD employment average of 65%

·       Working hours – people in Australia work 1,728 hours a year, less than most people in the OECD who work 1,765 hours

·       Life expectancy – from birth the Australian life expectancy is almost 82 years of age which is two years higher than in other OCED countries

·       Air quality – the level of atmospheric PM10 – tiny air pollutant particles small enough to enter and cause damage to the lungs – is 13.1 micrograms per cubic meter, substantially lower than the OECD average of 20.1 micrograms per cubic meter

·       Water quality – 93% of people say they are satisfied with the quality of their water, higher than the OECD average response of 84%

·       Community – 93% of Australians believe that they know someone they could rely on in a time of need, higher than the OECD average of 89% 

·       Life Satisfaction – 83% of Australians say they have more positive than negative experiences in an average day, more than the OECD average of 76%

With such a high standard of quality of life, it is no wonder that migration to Australia is increasing. On 26 January 2014 at Australia Day ceremonies around the country 18,000 migrants to Australia became Australian citizens. More than a quarter of the country’s population are born elsewhere.  The latest figures from the Australian Bureau Statistics (ABS) show people born in the United Kingdom continue to be the largest group of Australian residents born overseas followed by New Zealand, China and India.

Australia is an attractive destination for migrants due to its affluence, quality of life and excellent job opportunities.