Pre-Departure Guide for Tasmanian Government School Students
If you are planning to study in Australia on a student visa, you will require Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the entire duration of your stay. If you do not have OSHC, your visa may be cancelled. This ensures that any medical attention required will be covered during your stay. Tasmania has a first-class health system with major hospitals in all cities – doctors are available 24 hours per day.
If you only plan to visit Australia for a short time, or your course lasts less than 12 weeks, you may be able to study on a visitor visa. In this case, OSHC is not required – although private health insurance is still a good idea.
OSHC is different to regular travel insurance. Only Australian registered private health insurers can offer OSHC, because these policies are monitored by the Australian Government in order to protect the interests of students. There are a number of providers that offer OSHC:
- Australian Health Management
- BUPA Australia
- Medibank Private
- OSHC Worldcare
- nib OSHC
GETI can organise your OSHC as part of our enrolment process. Our preference is to work with Medibank Private. The deposit you pay to GETI to accept your offer of study will include the cost of your OSHC for the duration of your study. You will then need to provide proof of your OSHC to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection as part of your visa application.
Click here for more information from Medibank Private on OSHC, including a full explanation of what is and is not covered.
If you would like to organise your own cover, this is acceptable. However you will need to demonstrate proof of cover to GETI before we can issue your CoE(s).
If you decide to extend your studies in Australia, you can easily change your OSHC while you are here. If you finish your studies and stay in Australia on a different visa, you will no longer be able to stay on OSHC. You will need to find alternative health insurance.
As our cities are not as large as places like Tokyo, Hong Kong, or Beijing – or even Sydney and Melbourne – our public transport system does not need to include a large subway, tram or train network. Instead, Tasmania has a bus network for public transport.
In Tasmania, international students can get a discount on their fares, which is not available in many other states.
As a clean and cheap form of transport, cycling is popular in Tasmania. Because Tasmania’s cities are small, cycling is a good transport option for students, especially where there are established cycle tracks in place.
If you have a current overseas driver licence and hold a temporary international student visa you can drive in Tasmania on your overseas licence.
For more information, please visit www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/newtotas
It is also possible for international students to obtain a Tasmanian driver’s licence. For more information about minimum age requirements and the process for obtaining a licence, please visit http://www.transport.tas.gov.au/licensing/getting-a-licence