Guardianship and Welfare Arrangements

All overseas students under the age of 18 years, MUST either have one of the parents accompany them or have a parent nominated guardian as approved by Department of Immigration and Border Protection for the duration of their study at Yarra Valley Grammar. 

Overseas students without an accompanying parent or legal guardian can only be accepted into the School once they have turned 13 years of age. However, all overseas students over 13 years of age must have School approved appropriate accommodation and welfare arrangements in place before they commence their study at Yarra Valley Grammar.

If the overseas student DOES NOT have a relative who lives in Australia as approved by Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) to act as a guardian, the parents MUST arrange the student to stay in homestay accommodation arrangements approved by Yarra Valley Grammar. The School will issue a CoE and a Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) form in this case.

The School also partners with Overseas Student Alliance (ISA) (www.studentguardians.com) to provide caregiving services to overseas students of Yarra Valley Grammar. Yarra Valley Grammar is fully responsible for all welfare and accommodation arrangements of all overseas students under School’s Confirmation of Appropriate Accommodation and Welfare (CAAW) arrangements.

The role of the guardian includes but is not limited to:

  • Provide local orientation to the student on arrival to Melbourne and assist in the preparation of commencement at the School.

  • Maintain regular contact with the student and his/her parents. This will include translation of reports

  • Support the parents in their absence in all matters concerning the student’s welfare and being readily available to discuss areas of concern

  • Supporting the student when needed, such as arranging medical appointments, transfer between homestay and airport pickup etc.

  • Ensuring the student is participating fully in the academic program and making satisfactory academic progress

  • Attending School functions and events that concern the student including parent/teacher interviews and information evenings and meetings with School staff

  • Notifying the School of any absences