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What we know so far about the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF)



Last Update: May 31st 2016

As you may be aware, the Australian Government is introducing the Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) from July 1st 2016, which means massive changes for the Australian international education sector. Although some information is still yet to come from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, this is all that we know so far.

Reasons for the Changes

With eight different visa subclasses, the assessment level framework and the streamlined visa processing arrangements, the current student visa framework is quite complex for students, agents, education providers and even for the Department.  According to the Department the changes coming with the SSVF aim to make the student framework simpler for genuine students, deliver a more targeted approach to immigration integrity and create a level of playing field for all education providers.

Commencement Date for the SSVF

The Simplified Student Visa Framework (SSVF) will come to effect from the 1st July 2016. All student visa applications lodged and granted by the DIBP before that date will be subject to the current framework

Key Changes

The main changes under SSVF are:

Reduction of the number of student visa subclasses from eight to two

Within the current framework, there are eight student visa subclasses for each particular education sector and to make things more complicated, the amount of evidence required from the applicant to support their application not only depends on their nationality immigration risk, but also in the education sector of their studies.

Things could get more complex when the study plan for a student has more than one course across multiple sectors.

The great news is that under the SSVF, there will be only two subclasses: Student visa (subclass 500) and Student Guardian visa (subclass 590). This means only one visa subclass, regardless the education sector. This is where the term Simplified starts making sense for the framework.

All international students will be required to apply for their student visa online

Under SSVF, regardless of the students’ nationality, all applications for student visas must be completed online.

The introduction of a simplified single immigration risk framework for all international students

With the new changes, the amount of evidence required from the applicant to support their visa application will depend on a combination of the student’s nationality AND the immigration risk rating of the student’s education provider. This means that the requirements may be different depending on the education provider the student chooses.

The students will be able to easily identify what documents they will be required to provide with their visa application by selecting their intended education provider followed by country of citizenship into an online tool on the Department’s website.

In summary, students enrolled at an education provider with the lowest immigration risk outcomes will have lower evidentiary requirements, regardless of their nationality.  Students enrolled at an education provider with the highest immigration risk outcomes will have access to reduced evidentiary requirements if they are from a country with the lowest immigration risk.

To sum up, there will be two categories that will define the evidentiary requirements: Streamlined and Regular


Applications processed under streamlined visa will require fewer amounts of evidence requirements than regular ones.

How will SSVF work for BROWNS prospective students

Based on the immigration risk outcomes of BROWNS, ALL NATIONALITIES under the table below will be processed under Streamlined visa processing arrangements. Countries not on the list have not yet been confirmed by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection for any Australian provider

Country Risk
Bangladesh Streamlined
Brazil Streamlined
Canada Streamlined
Chile Streamlined
China, Peoples Republic of Streamlined
Colombia Streamlined
France Streamlined
Germany, Fed Republic of Streamlined
HKSAR of the PRC Streamlined
India Streamlined
Indonesia Streamlined
Italy Streamlined
Japan Streamlined
Korea, South Streamlined
Malaysia Streamlined
Mexico Streamlined
Nepal Streamlined
Nigeria Streamlined
Norway Streamlined
Pakistan Streamlined
Philippines Streamlined
Saudi Arabia Streamlined
Singapore Streamlined
Spain Streamlined
Sri Lanka Streamlined
Taiwan Streamlined
Thailand Streamlined
United Kingdom Streamlined
United States of America Streamlined
Vietnam Streamlined
All Other Countries Streamlined*

*Awaiting confirmation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection as of 31 May 2016

According to the information released so far, the following documents need to be provided by the students from the nationalities on the table, at the time of lodging the student visa application:

  • Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • Overseas Health Care Cover (OSHC)

All Student visa applicants must demonstrate to the education provider their condition of Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) and BROWNS reserves the right to request supporting documents to confirm this condition. Be aware that the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to request additional documentation on a case-by-case basis. This documentation may include:

  • Financial Documents
  • Proof of your English Language ability
  • Documents to prove that you will stay in Australia temporarily
  • Medical report

For more information, please visit the DIBP website.

BROWNS Barista Trainer Judge on Coffee/Cocktail Competition

Barista Competition

Barista Competition

Our Barista Trainer Alexis Simpson was invited to attend and judge the Double Shots Coffee and Cocktail Competition.

A competition run in Brisbane for baristas and bartenders to combine their knowledge of coffee and cocktails to create their own unique beverage. Each competitor is given 5 minutes to make, explain and present their coffee/cocktails to the judging panel.

Double Shots came about in order to bridge the gap between baristas and bartenders and to discover new and exciting ways to use coffee in the bar. Competition is held at the Kettle and Tin in Paddington and usually attracts 8-10 competitors and around 60 industry professionals.

This has allowed Alexis to not only network but remain current with what is happening in the hospitality industry in Brisbane. Alexis is able to then pass this invaluable knowledge to our Barista@BROWNS students, giving them an advantaging when looking for work.

Success Story: Haedeun from Korea – Direct Pathway to Griffith College


I studied English for Academic Purposes at BROWNS English Language School on the Gold Coast for 16 weeks and am currently studying for a Diploma of Hotel Management at Griffith College Gold Coast campus followed by a Bachelor of International Tourism and Hotel Management at Griffith University.

I am sure that studying EAP at BROWNS was the best decision I have ever made for my further study in Australia.

My EAP studies at BROWNS improved my English abilities in academic skills such as; writing more than 1,000 word essays, preparing for a presentation, taking lecture notes and much more. This has helped me so much with my Diploma study at Griffith College and I am sure will also help me with my Bachelor study at Griffith University.

I think that I would be struggling with my assignments in my Diploma study if I did not practice writing essays, preparing for presentations and taking lecture notes.
I also must say thank you to my EAP teachers named Andrea and Suzanne who were amazing and helped me a lot in my academic skills. I definitely recommend EAP at BROWNS if you have a plan to enjoy your Diploma or Bachelor study in Australia.

Haedeun Lee from Korea

Recycling Awareness Month: April 2016



We all know about the importance of recycling what we can, reusing where possible and reducing our consumption of plastic bottles.

In the BROWNS Elevate calendar, April is the International Recycling Awareness Month and at BROWNS, we have started some projects and initiatives to have best practice in terms of doing our part. Firstly, we have invested in recycling bins which separate different items, and also in a filtered water tap system in order to reduce the plastic bottles which are bought.

Secondly, last week our High School students participated in an awareness raising activity, which was followed up by an art class using the theme of recycle, reduce, reuse. At the end of this week there will be a winner for each campus – see the photos for a sample of what they achieved. In addition, last Friday, all of our adult students on Friday had their speaking and listening lessons with the theme of Recycling awareness.


Seyeon You from our High School Preparation class, won the art competition with this poster:


Also, as part of the recycling initiatives, students from the Elementary class practiced the recycling procedures using the new recycle bins in class:


International Food Day For Our IELTS Class


International Food Day Ielts Class

Out of sixteen students in our Gold Coast IELTS class, we have twelve nationalities! (click here to see the BROWNS nationality mix) This cultural mix is not only beneficial and exciting from a language learning point of view, but it also means everyone can learn about each other’s’ cultures. Last week, the teacher organised for everyone to make a dish from their own country and bring it to class. They presented on their food and then ate during the lunch break. Dishes as varied as Swedish cinnamon buns and potato salad, Brazilian brigadero, Thai Pad Thai, Japanese sushi, Spanish cheese balls and Taiwanese dumplings  whet the appetite of everyone.


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