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Important information for International Students

The National Theatre Ballet School is an approved educational institute for international students.

Our full time accredited courses at Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma levels are listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

ESOS Framework and the National Code

The Education Services for Overseas Students Act governs and regulates the delivery of education in Australia for overseas students studying in Australia on a student visa.

The National Code sets forth nationally consistent standards that education providers must comply with regards to course delivery and the related laws protecting international students.

For more information see the International Student Fact Sheet.

Student Visas and Visa Compliance

International students cannot study in Australia without a valid student visa. Australian student visas are temporary visas that allow study in Australia for a specified period of time at an approved Australian educational institution.

The student visas allow students to stay and re-enter Australia for the duration of your course and work up to 40hrs per fortnight during the term and unlimited hours during holiday breaks.

You apply for your student visa through the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website. For more information on the visa follow the link above.

Dependent family members are eligible to apply for a Student Dependent Visa to come to Australia with students. These can be obtained from the Australian High Commission or Embassy. They will require supporting documentation. School-aged dependents accompanying them to Australia will be required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in either a government or non-government school.

To apply for a student visa you must first have an offer of a place on a course with The National Theatre. 

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

All International Students must have health cover paid for and a certificate issued prior to applying for their student visa. More information can be found on the Department of Immigration and Border Control website.

The Ballet School Administrator will organise your health insurance as part of your course enrolment using our preferred provider. If you wish to organise your own health cover just advise the School Administrator when you enrol.

English Requirements

The Ballet School courses are delivered in English. Entry level requirements are listed on the Full Time Accredited Courses page.  Applicants must provide evidence that they meet the stated requirements.

Personal Living Expenses

Its important that all students are aware they must be able to cover their living costs as well as their tuition fees and any other expenses whilst in Australia. The Migration Regulations require international students to show evidence of funds to contribute to the cost of living and studying in Australia.

Whilst students are allowed to undertake part-time work to subsidise their living expenses this must not rely on work to meet all their expenses.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has financial requirements you must meet in order to receive a student visa for Australia. From 1 July 2016 the 12 month living cost (in Australian dollars) is:

  • You = $19,830
  • Partner or spouse = $6,940
  • Child = $2,970

For Students It is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 18 to attend school and pay school tuition fees. Childcare costs also need to be considered. For further information, please refer to the DIBP website.

Tax File Number

If you wish to work whilst studying in Australia you will need to have a tax file number (TFN). This ensures that the correct amount of tax is deducted from your earnings. It also allows you to claim a refund at the end of the financial year (30 June). Most students who work part time are eligible for a refund. For more details visit the Australian Tax Office website.

Living and Studying in Melbourne

Students at the National Theatre often come from overseas and interstate to study. This section provides some basic information about Melbourne and St Kilda where the National Theatre is based.


The National Theatre is approximately 7kms from the Melbourne City Centre, 100 metres from the St Kilda foreshore, Luna Park and the Palais Theatre.

Accommodation for Students

The National Theatre provide approved student accommodation for any student attending courses who is under 18 years of age. This is a requirement of the ESOS framework and the National Code. Currently our accommodation is provided with Madre Nazarena Student’s House based in Richmond.  This beautiful home in the suburb of Richmond (25 minutes from NTBS) provides accommodation for female students from overseas, interstate or country Victoria.  They offer caring staff in a comfortable safe and healthy environment.

For more information visit or contact the School Administrator.

Alternatively students can access homestay accommodation in Melbourne, where you live with locals in their homes. For more information see the Australian Homestay Network website:

For a copy of our Younger students policy contact the School Administrator.

Public Transport

Melbourne has a great public transport system consisting of trains, trams and buses, to use public transport you must have a myki card.

To get to the National Theatre in St Kilda you can access by:

  • Trams: No.96 St Kilda to Brunswick via the city, No.16 from Kew to Melbourne University via the city
  • Buses: No.246 from Clifton Hill to Elsternwick
  • Trains: Balaclava Station is 15 mins walk or direct connection by No.16 tram.

Students are also eligible for travel concessions if they are studying full time.


Melbourne International Airport is not central to the City and has no direct rail link. From the airport to St Kilda is approximately a 30-40 minute drive, depending on traffic and in peak times can be longer.

The main transport options are:

Skybus (bus service that runs from Melbourne into the City, they also offer a free drop off at hotels in the city centre).The service runs 24/7 every ten minutes.

Taxis are available at the airport at any time day or night.

There are other airport transfer bus services that operate and will pick up and drop off in St Kilda and other Melbourne suburbs. They do not usually operate late into the evenings though, remember to check your flight departure/arrival times.

 Currency and Banking

Australia operates a decimal currency with units in dollars and cents. Normal banking hours Monday to Friday 9.30 – 5pm. Some banks open on Saturday mornings. Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are open 24hrs and there are many around the city and suburbs. Most banks will take cash in foreign currency and travellers cheques.


Domestic electricity supply throughout Melbourne and Australia is standardised at 230 volts AC 50Hz. Standard 3 pin plugs are fitted to domestic appliances. 115 volt appliances cannot be used without a transformer.

Telephone and Mobiles

Public telephones are available throughout the city and suburbs. The cost of a local call from a payphone is 50c. Phone cards for local and international calls can be purchased in most convenience stores

Mobile phones and sim cards can be purchased in Australia, there are a number of providers with pre-paid or post paid plans to suit everyone.

Postal Information

Post offices are in most suburbs and are open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5pm and some will be open on Saturdays.


Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) is GMT/UTC plus 10hrs between April-October (usually the first Sunday in April to the first Sunday in October). Daylight Savings Time (AEDT) is observed in Melbourne between October-April and is GMT/UTCplus 11hrs. Daylight savings adds an hour in summertime allowing lighter morning/evenings.


Melbourne has a variable climate,the seasons run from summer (Dec-Feb), autumn (Mar-May) winter (Jun-Aug) and spring (Sep-Oct).

Average temperatures:

  Min Max
Summer 14C         (57F) 26C         (79F)
Autumn 11C         (52F) 20            (68F)
Winter 7C           (45F) 14C         (57F)
Spring 10C         (50F) 20C         (68F)

Websites and Phone Applications

For more information on Melbourne, St Kilda, Victoria and Australia try the following websites and phone apps.

Phone Apps

  • Public Transport Victoria – PTV
  • Tram Tracker
  • Melbourne Official Visitor Guide
  • Time Out Melbourne
  • 13CABS or Silver Top Taxi