Class attendance and academic progress

All International students on a student visa must be enrolled in the CRICOS course for which they have received a Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE).

The Department of Home Affairs requires that it be notified of any changes in course duration or course amendments. Any reductions or extensions in the time of study will require a new Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) to reflect the changes in duration. Refer to the TAFE South Australia International duration of study.

International students must study full time.

Students must attend every unit/class as listed in their time table and determined by their lecturer. Should the student not maintain at least 80% attendance, they will be reported to both the Department of Home Affairs who issued their student visa and the Department of Education & Training (DET). The reporting to the Department of Home Affairs may lead to a loss of their student visa and they may be asked to leave Australia once the visa is cancelled. Refer to the TAFE South Australia attendance requirements.

Students must ensure that they maintain satisfactory progress in the course/s they are enrolled in. Students deemed ‘at risk’ of unsatisfactory academic progress will be placed on an intervention strategy and, if continued unsatisfactory progress may be reported to both the Department of Home Affairs and DET. The reporting to the Department of Home Affairs may lead to a loss of their student visa and they may be asked to leave Australia once the visa is cancelled. Refer to the TAFE South Australia course progress

Study modes and assessment methods

Depending on the course a student is enrolled in, the study mode includes face to face learning and may include work-based learning. Assessment methods include assignments, exams and practical (work place assessment). International students on a student visa are not permitted to study more than 33% of their course ‘online’. 

Change of address

Within 7 days, international students must notify TAFE SA of any change of address or contact details while enrolled. As well as informing the program area, or amending details through MyTAFE, the student needs to notify the International Unit of the change of details.

We want to ensure that any communication (email, letter, text or phone call) from the International Unit is received by all students but we are also required to update the PRISM's database with each students current address and contact details to enable the Department of Home Affairs to have all students latest details.

Download the TAFE South Australia International change of address form

Disclosure of personal information

TAFE SA is required to collect and store a student’s personal information in order to administer their application and enrolment, to monitor their academic progress and to provide other services. TAFE SA will ensure that information collected from students is not excessive and is only used for the purpose for which it is collected.

A student’s personal information, provided to TAFE SA, may be made available to the Overseas Student Health Care provider, where applicable, pathway educational providers, TAFE SA contractors (providing service and advice) and Commonwealth and State agencies pursuant to obligations under the ESOS Act 2000 and the National code of Practice 2018 and to any contractor/s engaged by TAFE SA to provide advice or services in connection with any aspect of TAFE SA’s international student program or operation. The release of a student’s personal information will also be in accordance with the South Australian Government Information Privacy Principles.

Student code of behaviour

While on any campus of TAFE South Australia, all students, staff, contract staff and visitors are expected to behave in a considerate and courteous manner when dealing with other staff, students and members of the public.

TAFE South Australia aims to provide a high quality education and training service in which all students are encouraged to strive for excellence and fulfil their potential. Unacceptable behaviour can hinder the academic progress or work performance of others.

The TAFE SA Code of Behaviour clearly defines student and staff rights and responsibilities which relate to appropriate behaviour. The intent is to foster a learning environment in which all students and staff can participate safely and effectively. 

Refer to the TAFE SA Student conduct policy

Rights and responsibilities

Students and staff at TAFE South Australia have a right to work and study in an environment free from harassment, discrimination or threatening behaviour.

Everyone must respect:

  • The right of others
  • Diversity
  • Peoples rights to privacy and confidentiality.

The right to have your say is balanced with the responsibility to listen to others.

When enrolling at TAFE South Australia, students must agree to accept and abide by policies and procedures, follow rules and regulations, and participate in studies as directed by their program.

At the commencement of classes, students can expect to discuss the specific requirements of their program along with the general TAFE SA rights and responsibilities. 

Consequences of unacceptable behaviour

If a student’s behaviour is disruptive or unacceptable, disciplinary action will be taken. A lecturer can ask the student to leave the classroom or refuse entry to a classroom if their behaviour is disruptive or dangerous. You could be suspended by the TAFE South Australia Institute Managing Director, or expelled by the Minister for behaviour that threatens the safety of others, interferes with the duties of staff or other students' study or damages or threatens TAFE South Australia property. Violence, intimidation and harassment are not tolerated.  The police may be contacted in cases of possible criminal behaviour.