Staying with an Australian family is a great opportunity to practice your English and learn about Australian culture. You'll have your own room, and your host family will provide most of your meals.
If you're under 18 years of age, the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) requires you to either:
If you're staying in a homestay, you must also register with the under 18 supervision program.
The homestay placement fee is $250.00 (non-refundable).
There are three homestay options:
The cost of your homestay includes:
There are additional costs for:
If you're staying with a homestay family, you must:
It is important that you develop a good relationship with your host family.
While you're living in a homestay, you are expected to behave appropriately and:
Your host family is there to help you adjust to your new environment and culture, and it's important to communicate with them as much as possible. If you need to, carry a dictionary with you. Communication is the key to a successful homestay, so please talk to your family as much as possible.
Eating dinner with your host family is a great way to get to know the family better and to talk about your experiences. Interacting with your family and seeing how they act will help you learn about Australian behaviour and customs.
If you experience any problems with your homestay, you should talk to the homestay coordinator or International Student Services. Your homestay coordinator will help you resolve your difficulties and make sure you are safe and happy.
Please be aware that it is a DHA visa condition that you must attend at least 80 per cent of your class hours even if you are sick. It is important that you get a doctor's certificate if you are away from university because of illness.
To apply to live in a homestay, you must read and accept all the terms and conditions of the homestay arrangement.