Under 18 students

Information for students aged under 18 and their parents and guardians.

RMIT is a child safe organisation

RMIT is a child safe organisation, which means staff are responsible for ensuring that anyone who is under 18 on campus is safe, happy and protected.

RMIT offers an environment where young people can grow, develop skills and prepare for the future.

Under 18 international students

If you’re an international student aged under 18, you need to meet accommodation and welfare requirements as part of your visa. Make sure you know about your rights and responsibilities, and support services available to you.

Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW)

As a requirement of the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, all under 18 students applying for a student visa must have appropriate welfare arrangements in place until they are 18-years-old.

This means you must:

  • Be living with an approved relative who lives in Australia OR
  • RMIT will approve and maintain your welfare arrangements by issuing a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW). RMIT provides welfare by ensuring that you use the services of an approved caregiver and live in RMIT approved accommodation

For more important information about CAAW, download Maintaining CAAW (PDF).

Approved accommodation options

The following are approved accommodation options for international students aged under 18.

Purpose-built student accommodation

Purpose-built student accommodation caters to the needs of the student and is typically located close to universities.


A homestay is a local family, couple or single person offering full board in their home. Homestay is great way to adjust to life in Melbourne. Go to Housing options to find out more.


A hostel is a house where multiple students live and usually share communal spaces. They provide meals, a range of room types and are located close to RMIT City campus.


If you are an international student aged under 18, you must have a caregiver who will support you until you turn 18.

Your caregiver will meet with you at least every fortnight and can help you find medical or other support services in Melbourne, change your accommodation and act as your emergency contact.

These approved caregiver companies specialise in supporting international students aged under 18:

Forms for under 18 international students


For assistance or more information about requirements for international students aged under 18, email isunder18@rmit.edu.au or phone +61 3 9925 1123 (8am-4pm Mon-Fri, excluding public holidays).

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RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.