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Under 18 students

If a Student Visa holder will be under 18 when they start their course, they must have accommodation and welfare arrangements approved by Curtin University or by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), as per Standard 5 of The National Code 2007.

International students under 18 years of age who do not have a DHA approved blood relative who will be responsible for their care and welfare, whilst studying at Curtin, are the responsibility of Curtin. DIBP Approved Blood Relatives, as defined by DIBP, are close relatives such as mother, father, aunt, uncle or grandparent.

Curtin has established monitoring and approval processes for the care and welfare of under 18 students not under the care of a DIBP Approved Blood Relative. As part of the approval and monitoring processes for the care and welfare of under 18 students the University has established legal Agreements with a University Approved Non Residential Carer and individual Agreements with Parental Approved Residential Carers. The policy of Curtin University and support to the Under 18 students can be found here. A Specifically Designed Form is available on Curtin website for Under 18 students who may submit an Online Application for welfare support.

Curtin University will only approve the accommodation and welfare arrangement and issue a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare letter (CAAW) if the student has an arrangement with a Curtin University-approved carer service and a confirmed place in a Curtin University-approved college or homestay. The CAAW will state the date from which the Curtin University-approved welfare arrangement begins, and the student cannot arrive in Australia before this date, unless they have other welfare arrangements approved by DHA. If the student's welfare arrangements change after their visa has been granted, they must inform DHA of these changes.

For more details, DIHA has a separate section on its website about obligations for Under 18 students: Welfare arrangements for students under 18.