At Apex we aim to provide our students with a positive and successful learning experience in Australia. On this page you will find:

>  Overview of living, working and studying in Australia

>  Reference websites for information on studying and living in Australia

>  How to apply to study in Australia

>   Vocational Education and Training (VET) Course Information
  (types of courses and institutions they should apply for, costs, credits           and transfers, and english language requirements)

>  Information for international students with school aged children

>  Visas, Entry Requirements and Applications

If you have any questions or would like more information on visa application processes, enrolment processes, or information about life in Australia as an international student, please submit an enquiry form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

Study in Australia and Study in Sydney are Australian government websites for international students. We have provided links to relevant pages on the website so you can be better prepared to study and live in Australia.

Why study in Australia?

Reference Websites

> Study in Australia

> Study in Sydney

> Australian Government Department of Immigration

These links contain general information on the benefits of studying in Australia.

  1. Why Australia?
  2. Education Standards in Australia


These links contain specific information for international students including the types of courses and institutions they should apply for, costs, credits and transfers, and english language requirements.

Apex Institute provides Vocational Education and Training (VET) and English Language Courses. Our list of courses can be accessed at

  1. Australian Education System:
  2. Vocational Education:
  3. Vocatoinal Education Qualifications:
  4. English Courses:
  5. Language Testing:

Costs for a VET courses (Certificates I to IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma) range from $4000 – $22000 depending on duration, materials, and recognition of prior learning (RPL), among other factors. There are also links for information on course credits, transfer processes and the academic year schedule.

  1. Education Costs:
  2. Academic Year:
  3. Course Credits:
  4. Transfer Process:

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act details the rights and responsibilities of international students studying in Australia and the responsibilities of the education provider.

  1. ESOS Act:
  2. ESOS Framework:


Applying to study in Australia can seem like a complicated process. However, the Australian Government and APEX Institute have broken the process down into simple steps, making the application process easier and faster for you.

  1. Apply to Study Mindmap:
  2. How to Apply:
  3. Entry Requirements:

After you have decided you are interested in studying in Australia, check out the courses APEX Institute has to offer here:

Each course page has the entry requirements outlined. If you would like to know more information or would like to ask us a question, please do not hesitate to submit an enquiry online, call us at 02 8007 6261 or email us at

APEX Institute has a simple 6-step enrolment process:

If you select one of our ELICOS courses (General English or English for Academic Purposes) then you will be applying for the visa subclass 570.

If you select one of our CRICOS courses (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma in Marketing, Hospitality, Human Resources Management, or Leadership and Management, then you will be applying for the visa subclass 572 for Vocational Education and Training.  


Living in Australia

The following links contain information regarding arrival, accommodation, working, banking, insurance, health and safety, and any other factors relevant to life in Australia as an international student.

  1. Living in Australia
  2. Working in Australia


If you are a current or intending international student, please be advised that Australian laws mandates your obligations to ensure that any school-aged dependents (in the state of New South Wales compulsory school age is when the child is of or above six (6) years and below the school leaving age which is seventeen (17) years of age. Ref: NSW EDUCATION ACT 1990 - SECT 21B) accompanying you must be enrolled into a school.

Please visit for more information on bringing children to Australia.

Education System

School education (primary and secondary) is compulsory between the ages of six and sixteen (Year 1 to Year 9 or 10). School education is 13 years and divided into:

  • Primary school - Runs for seven or eight years, starting at Kindergarten/Preparatory through to Year 6 or 7.
  • Secondary school - Runs for three or four years, from Years 7 to 10 or 8 to 10.
  • Senior secondary school - Runs for two years, Years 11 and 12.

Your options for the schooling of your school-aged dependents in the state NSW are:

School fees will be payable before your child commences studying. The fee will vary between $8,500 - $10,500 per year depending on the school year (or grade) of your child. Please visit for more information.


Apex has two conveniently located campuses‍‍ - Sydney CBD (Central Business District) and Parramatta (Sydney's second largest business district).

Both campuses are:

   >   Walkable distance to trains and buses

    >   Near café’s, restaurants and shopping centres

    >   Located near a variety of accommodation options

To ensure students maintain a positive study, work and life balance we offer:

    >   Accessible student support services including academic support,                                  counselling services, accommodation and job seeking assistance

    >   Flexible learning - 33% of courses are delivered online


Living expenses are approximately AUD$20,000 per year which should cover living expenses including accommodation, transportation, food and entertainment. provides detailed information and resources for students interested in studying in Australia.

International students are allowed to work 40 hours per fortnight. ‘Permission to work’ is automatically included with your student visa. Part-time or casual jobs are available in a wide range of industries, including:

  >  Retail - supermarkets, department and clothing stores

  >   Hospitality - cafes, bars and restaurants

  >   Tourism - hotels and motelsSales and telemarketing

  >   Administration or Clerical roles

Australia’s minimum wage and basic rate of pay depends on your age, job classification and industry cover. For more information visit






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