If you are an international student under 18 years old, you must have welfare arrangements in place to apply for your student visa. This is to ensure that you are living in a secure environment with adequate practical and emotional support to keep you safe before you turn 18.
There are two options for welfare arrangements that the Department of Home Affairs consider appropriate for an under-18 student.
Option 1: You will be living with an approved relative who lives in Australia, or an approved relative will travel to Australia and live with you.
Option 2: You will not be staying with a relative, so RMIT can approve your welfare arrangements and issue a CAAW (Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare). RMIT provides welfare by ensuring that you use the services of an approved caregiver and ensuring you live in an RMIT approved accommodation option.
The airport pickup service is compulsory for students under Option 2. All U18 arrival details must be provided in advance to confirm this service.
By issuing the CAAW, RMIT University is accepting responsibility for your welfare arrangement.
To maintain your CAAW letter you must continue to meet these requirements.
For approval of a CAAW, you need:
A caregiver + arrange to live in an approved accommodation.
To apply for a student visa you need:
Option 1: Confirmation of enrolment (CoE) + Form 157N
Option 2: Confirmation of enrolment (CoE) + CAAW
When you accept your offer, you need to submit the Under-18 Welfare Approval Form to let us know which welfare option you have chosen. After your form has been assessed, your CoE can be issued.