Moving to Australia

Visa Information

To become familiar with the student visa application, please visit the website of Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Individuals, who wish to study in Australia, are required to apply for a student visa. To apply for a student visa, applicants can lodge their application either electronically or in person Primus English paper based application, which depends on the current visa requirements of the applicants’ country of citizenship.

To learn more about the subclass of student visa required, visit the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website on applying for a student visa.

The student visa charges are separate from the tuition fee of the education program. Find out more on about the current visa charges on Student Visa Charges.

Assessment Level the applicant’s country of citizenship falls under. Read more about the Assessment Levels and the requirements on Overseas Student Program – Assessment Levels.

Additionally, contact the nearest Australian Embassy or Consulate, which can provide information and assistance about student visa applications.

Prior to lodging a student visa, it is important for you to know about your responsibilities as an international student. 

Pre-departure C

Please make sure you have completed the following before you leave for Australia:

  • Obtained your passport and visa
  • Checked your offer letter to confirm the details of your course and commencement
  • Compiled your important documents such as your confirmation of enrolment, certificate(s) from previous study, a certified transcript from your previous place of study and detailed syllabus, if exemptions are included in your offer
  • Booked your airport pick-up in Melbourne
  • Confirmed your travel



You will need to check the baggage allowance for the airline you travel with. Generally, the allowance is between 20 and 30 kilograms. If your luggage weighs more than the allowance, you will be charged extra.



You can bring your mobile phone and other electronic equipment, but you will need to buy power adaptors suitable for use in Australia so you can charge your equipment.



Australia has strict quarantine laws that prohibit the importation of a variety of fresh, dried and pre-packaged food, along with other items. Most food that is brought into the country by visitors has to be disposed of in quarantine bins at the airport. You can find a list of restricted food items on the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service website. Visit for more information.



You should only bring enough Australian currency in cash for your first few days. Alternatively, you can exchange your local currency for Australian Dollars at the airport. Do not carry large amounts of cash on you.

If you are carrying more than A$10,000 (or equivalent currency), you must declare it to customs officials when you enter Australia.


3Clothing and Weather

When packing your clothing, remember that Melbourne weather can be variable, especially during spring and autumn. Expect warm and cool, rainy and dry, windy and calm all in one day during these times.
Average daily temperatures in Melbourne are:

    • Spring (Sept – Nov): 12–22°C (53–72°F)
    • Summer (Dec – Feb): 28–32°C (82–90°F)
    • Autumn (Mar – May): 12–20°C (53–68°F)
    • Winter (Jun – Aug): 10–15°C (50–59°F)

Arrival in Melbourne

Airport transfer

Prior to your departure, you can arrange to be picked up from the airport and transported to your accommodation. The airport transfer service is free for all Primus Education international students.

Make sure you book at least 24 hours prior to your arrival in Melbourne to guarantee a place.

On your arrival, you will be met at the airport and transported to your accommodation by our service provider. The driver will meet you after you have cleared customs, and will be holding a sign with the Primus Education logo on it.

If any family members or relatives are accompanying you to Melbourne, you will be required to pay the transfer cost for all family members directly to Harlan’s driver on arrival at Melbourne airport. The cost for this service will be advised at the time of booking.

If you have arranged for a friend or relative to meet you at the airport and wish to cancel your airport transfer, please inform Harlan or +61 3 9354 5025 at least 48 hours prior to your departure so your pick-up arrangements can be cancelled.

2Arriving at Melbourne airport

Arriving at the international terminal

When you have collected your luggage and passed through customs you will exit into the Arrivals Hall. Turn right when you enter the Arrivals Hall and look for the red and white sign that says ‘Meeting Point’. The Harlan driver will be standing near the meeting point holding the welcome sign.

Arriving at the domestic terminal
Go to the appropriate baggage carousel to collect your luggage. You will then need to go to the Arrivals Hall in the international terminal.


Speak to airport staff if you need directions to the Arrivals Hall.

When you enter the Arrivals Hall look for the red and white sign that says ‘Meeting Point’. The Harlan driver will be standing near the meeting point holding the welcome sign.

Delayed flights

If your flight is delayed, if you change to another flight, or if you cannot find the driver at the airport, you must contact Harlan Transport on either of the following numbers:

    • +61 3 9354 5025
    • +61 412 073 749



All Primus English students are required to attend an orientation program as part of commencing their course. During the orientation, students will receive useful information about the course, the support services and the policies and procedures at Primus English.

Students will be get the opportunity to see the campus and meet key staff members, giving students an opportunity to become familiar with the support staff that will assist them during the enrolment and study period at Primus English.

The following is included in the orientation program:



      • Welcome by the PEO or the Director of Studies
      • Introduction to the Training Manager
      • A copy of the Student Handbook
      • Advice on how to successfully complete your studies
      • Information on assessment tasks, e.g. tests, projects, practical assessment tasks
      • The Student Code of Conduct: what is expected of you
      • The Course Progress Policy
      • The Refund Policy
      • The Complaints and Appeals Policy
      • The Reassessment Policy
      • The Course Cancellation and Primus English withdrawal Policy
      • Information about payment of fees
      • Class timetables
      • Campus information and directions to the locations
      • Student support services information including the counselling services, job assistance, accommodation and other activities.
      • Essential student visa requirements including course progress and student contact details
      • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) information
      • Student Identification card


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