International students under 18
The Department of Home Affairs requires students under the age of 18 to have appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements while studying in Australia.
It is a condition of a Student Visa that these arrangements be maintained. Failure to do so can result in visa cancellation.
Students who will be under 18 when they begin studying at UWA have two options for their accommodation and welfare arrangements.
Students under the age of 18 must provide details of their parent or legal guardian, by completing the form below, and submitting it as part of the acceptance process:
- Option A – Students stay in an accommodation and welfare arrangement approved by The University of Western Australia
Under Option A, the student must have an arrangement with an approved carer service and a confirmed place in an approved college or homestay. The University will issue a 'Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare' letter (CAAW) together with your 'Confirmation of Enrolment' (CoE) which are used for an application for a student visa. It is important that students who are under 18 do not arrive in Australia before the date nominated by the University on their CAAW confirmation letter (unless accompanied by a parent), as this can result in their visa being cancelled.
You or your agent should contact a UWA-approved accommodation provider to arrange a confirmed accommodation place. The University's approved accommodation providers are:
You, or your agent, should arrange welfare services with a UWA-approved carer service and provide them with evidence that you have a confirmed place in UWA-approved accommodation.
The University's approved carer services is:
Your carer service will inform the University that approved accommodation and welfare arrangements are in place, and we will issue the CAAW letter to you.
At this step, you should start the acceptance process outlined in your offer letter.
- Option B – Students stay in an accommodation and welfare arrangement approved by the Department of Home Affairs
Under Option B, the University does not issue the 'Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare' letter (CAAW), as the accommodation and welfare arrangements are approved directly by the Department of Home Affairs.
Typically, this means the student will be living in Australia with a parent or adult relative. Refer to the Department of Home Affairs for more information on Student Guardian Visas and other visa options.