The following information has been received from the DIBP:

Dear Registered Migration Agent

The following information may be distributed and shared with networks within the international education sector.

The new simplified student visa framework (SSVF)

From 1 July 2016 the SSVF will come into effect. Key changes under the SSVF are:

international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian (subclass 590) visa
all students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount. More information about ImmiAccount is available at: www.border.gov.au/immiaccount
Information about the SSVF is available at www.border.gov.au/Trav/Stud/changes-student-visa.

Regards

International Education Policy section

Economic Policy Branch

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Courtesy of Migration Alliance