You can only bring children under six years old if either:
there are compelling and compassionate reasons
the granting the visa would significantly benefit the relationship between the Australian Government and the government of another country. If this is the case, you must be at least 21 and the student must be supported in writing by a parent or person who has custody.
The child must meet the same health requirements as you and have health insurance for the duration of their stay in Australia.
Children six years old or older can come with you but they must apply for their own student visa.
To be eligible for this visa you must:
be a parent or person who has custody of the student, or a relative who is 21 years or older and has been nominated in writing by a parent or someone who has custody of the student
not bring family members younger than 6 years of age, except under certain circumstances
be able to provide accommodation, general welfare and other support to the student unless you are applying for this visa with the support of the government your home country.
You need to have enough money genuinely available to support you, the student and children coming with you for the duration of your stay in Australia. You will declare this in your visa application.
You must show evidence of financial capacity by providing one of the following:
evidence of funds to cover travel costs and 12 months’ living costs for yourself and any other children coming with you
evidence that your spouse (who is not travelling to Australia) will support you and your dependants and has an annual income of at least AUD 70,000.
If the grant of the visa will significantly benefit the relationship between Australia and the government of your home country, you only need to show evidence of funds for yourself and dependents, not the student.
Minimum 12-months’ living cost for your stay in Australia
Amount required in Australian dollars (AUD)
You (the Student Guardian visa applicant)
19,830 per year
Child, if applicable
2,970 per year for each child
This is indicative of the cost of living in Australia. Actual living costs vary depending where you live.
Important: The financial capacity requirement relates to your eligibility for the grant of the student guardian visa. The living costs we ask you to declare or provide with your visa application are indicative of the cost of living in Australia. You need to be aware that actual living costs vary according to the area in which you intend to live and it is recommended that you research this yourself.
The annual income requirement is AUD 70,000 or more. The income must be one of the following:
the personal income of your spouse
in the form of official government documentation such as a tax assessment (or country equivalent)
showing income earned during a period ending less than 12 months before the visa application was lodged. For example, a tax assessment issued in December 2015, for a visa application lodged in July 2016, would be acceptable.
You must provide evidence that you have enough health insurance for the duration of your stay in Australia. This can be Overseas Visitors Health Cover (OVHC) or another health insurance product from Australia or your home country that provides a similar level of cover.
The student visa holder must have their own health insurance.
You can enter and leave Australia temporarily during the term of the visa, but you cannot leave Australia without the nominating student unless you make alternative welfare arrangements.
If you need to leave Australia without the student, you must provide us with evidence that:
there are compassionate or compelling reasons for doing so, and
you have made suitable alternative arrangements for the student’s accommodation, general welfare and support until you return.
The alternative arrangements must be approved by us and the student’s education provider. Discuss your circumstances with the education provider a soon as you know you need to travel.
There are two ways you can make alterative welfare arrangements:
Nominate an alternative student guardian who must be, except in limited circumstances, a parent or relative aged 21 years or over. To do this, use Form 157N Nomination of a student guardian. This form outlines documentation you need to provide when nominating a student guardian. Send this form, the education provider’s approval (in a letter or email) and the required documentation to your nearest office before you leave Australia.
The student’s education provider can take responsibility for the student’s welfare by issuing a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) letter which will state the start and end dates for approval of welfare arrangements.
We will tell you if the alternative welfare arrangements have been approved. If we decide that the welfare arrangements are not suitable, you cannot leave Australia without your nominating student(s).
If you need to leave Australia permanently and your student needs to continue to study, new welfare arrangements must be approved.
If you do not comply with the conditions of your Student Guardian visa (subclass 590), your visa might be cancelled, and we could also cancel the nominating student’s visa.