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Australian government announces new student visa requirements

September 27, 2023
By MaxiMax

The Australian Government has announced an increase to the amount of savings international students will need to apply for a student visa. This requirement has not been updated since 2019 and needs to increase because of higher living expenses.

From 1 October 2023, student visa applicants will need to show they have a minimum of AU$24,505 in savings to cover annual living costs.

What is the financial capacity requirement?

To receive an Australian student visa, there is a list of requirements that you need to meet. One of these requirements is proof that you have enough money to cover your travel, course fees and living costs during your stay. This is to reduce your risk of financial difficulty while you are studying.

Update to the financial capacity requirement

No updates have been made to the financial capacity requirement since 2019, due to the impact of COVID-19.Prior to 2019, there were annual updates to the requirement. The new requirement will come into effect on 1 October 2023.If you are planning to bring a spouse or family, there are also updated amounts required. If you lodge a new application on or after 1 October 2023, you will be required to show proof of these new amounts. If you apply before 1 October 2023, the new financial capacity requirements will not apply. The amounts you need to show to meet the financial capacity requirement is the minimum amount needed for the visa. 

Please note that these are just the minimum financial requirements. You may need to have more money saved depending on your lifestyle and where you choose to live in Australia.

Updated New Australian student visa financial capacity requirements from 1 October 2023:

  • Single student: AU$24,505
  • Student with a spouse or partner: AU$31,495
  • Student with a child or children: AU$38,485
  • Additional child: AU$6,990

Estimate your living costs

Knowing the average living costs in Australia is an important part of preparing for your studies. For an estimate of day-to-day living costs in Australia, use the Study Australia Cost of Living Calculator.

More information

Visit the Department of Home Affairs website for more information on what is required for your visa application OR  If you have questions about the students Visa , then book an appointment with our Top & experienced educational counselors or reach out to us

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