Orientation

At Skills Australia Institute, we understand how hard it can be to be away from your family and all the things that are familiar to you. Not only do you have to adjust to your new routine, you have to adjust to your new surroundings, as well. This is why we promise to do our best to make your stay in Australia as comfortable and hassle-free as possible.

As part of our commitment to our students, we provide all incoming students with the necessary information on what to expect, once they start studying in Australia. All new students are required to attend an Orientation Program before they start their course at SAI. An invitation will be emailed to the student or their agent, advising of the date, time and venue of the Orientation Program.

At the Orientation Program, students will be provided with the following information:

  • Course Timetable
  • Student Handbook
  • Attendance
  • Course Progress Policies
  • Student Support Services
  • Legal Services
  • Emergency and Health Services
  • Facilities and Learning Resources
  • Complaints and Appeals Process

By equipping the students with the right information at the Orientation Program, they can easily transition into living and studying in Australia, their new home.

Following orientation, each student will be given a Student ID card. They will be also be reminded of their student visa conditions in relation to their course progress and provided with services to ensure that they will be able to fulfil their education goals and objectives. Furthermore, all new students will receive further information on:

  • Independent Complaints and Appeal Procedures and dispute resolutions arrangements
  • Assistance with enrolment requirements
  • Obtaining Overseas Student Health Cover for international students on student visas
  • Public Transport Concessions

International students who are taking up a full time course longer than six (6) weeks, are able to receive concession fares provided by the Public Transport Authority in Perth (TransPerth). To register for the concession fares, they must accomplish the following procedures:

  • Visit the TransPerth website or any TransPerth Info Centre or TransPerth Retail Sales Outlet to obtain an Application for Metropolitan Tertiary SmartRider form. https://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/Portals/0/Asset/Documents/SmartRider/SmartRider_Tertiary_Form.pdf
  • Fill out the application form and submit it to the SAI Student Services Office to verify their enrolment and eligibility for tertiary concession travel on public transport.
  • Take the completed, signed and stamped Section 6 of the form to any TransPerth InfoCentre or TransPerth Retail Sales Outlet. The student must then purchase the SmartRider card and load the card with travel value so they can start using it as soon as possible. The standard purchase cost and minimum initial value is $5.00.

Skills Australia Institute will issue each eligible* student a plastic credit card style photographic ID which is endorsed with the approved sticker or the expiry date are recognised for concession travel.

*Concession fares apply to holders of these South Australian Government approved Student ID Cards. Concession fares apply only for full time students.

Students will need to purchase a metroCARD from the Adelaide Metro InfoCentre or at a metroCARD Agent. The metroCARD will need to be loaded with a minimum purchase of $5.00.

For further information on fares and 14 and 28 day passes, please visit https://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/ .

Please note: A student must carry their Student ID Card at all times whilst travelling on public transport.

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