Guardianship requirements for students under 18

Students must be at least 16 to start studying at Chisholm. Suitable welfare arrangements must be in place before arrival in Australia for all under 18s.

Applicants and their parents/legal guardians must complete the Chisholm Care Arrangement form and submit it to the International office at the time of accepting the letter of offer.  Welfare arrangements must be nominated on the form.

Chisholm under 18 welfare program

For international students under 18 years, we offer a free welfare program and assign a welfare officer. Through regular catch-ups, students get the chance to share stories and talk about issues they have having settling into life in Australia, and to mix with peers to share and get advice. Attendance and progress reporting is done for each student.

Where Chisholm is the nominated guardian, a welfare officer will regularly visit the homestay home of each student and stay in regular contact to monitor the student’s welfare.


Parents, relatives or legal guardians of a student under 18 may apply for a student guardian visa, which allows them to remain in Australia while the student requires guardianship. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has criteria for assessing this visa.

Parents/legal guardians can also use a suitable guardian who is already living in Australia.

Alternatively Chisholm may be nominated as guardian. In this case, Chisholm requires the student to live in homestay until their guardianship period ends, which is when the student turns 18. This guardianship arrangement is free, although homestay accommodation carries a one-off search fee, as well as weekly rental costs. Where Chisholm is guardian, Chisholm will issue a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare with the Confirmation of Enrolment. Both should be submitted to the visa processing office for student visa assessment.

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information.