Life in Australia

Life in Australia

Commonwealth of Australia, commonly called as Australia, is a country in the southern hemisphere comprising the mainland of the world's smallest continent, the major island of Tasmania, and numerous other islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor, and Papua New Guinea to the north, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and New Caledonia to the north-east, and New Zealand to the south-east.

The capital is Canberra with the largest city being Sydney. English is the de facto national language. As per the 2011 estimate, the population is 22,729,927. The currency is Australian Dollar (AUD)

Vocational Training in Australia

In Australia vocational education and training is mostly post-secondary and provided through the Vocational Education and Training (VET) system by Registered Training Organisations. This system encompasses both public and private providers in a national training framework consisting of the Australian Qualifications Framework(AQF) and Industry Training Packages that define the assessment standards for the different vocational qualifications.

Since the states and territories are responsible for most public delivery and all regulation of providers, a central concept of the system is "national recognition" whereby the assessments and awards of any one registered training organisation must be recognised by all others and the decisions of any state or territory training authority must be recognised by the other states and territories.

This allows national portability of qualifications and units of competency. A crucial feature of the Training Package system is that the content of the vocational qualifications is theoretically defined by industry and not by government or training providers. A Training Package is "owned" by one of eleven Industries Skills Councils that are responsible for developing and reviewing the qualifications.

The National Centre for Vocational Education Research or NCVER is a not-for-profit company owned by the federal, state and territory ministers responsible for training. It is responsible for collecting, managing, analysing, evaluating and communicating research and statistics about vocational education and training (VET). Queens College of Vocational Education follows the guidelines as laid down by Vocational Education and Training (VET) system.

Indicative cost of living

Cost of living in Melbourne varies according to your lifestyle. A general guide to costs of living per week can be found below :-


Per Person

Amount required in AUD



Return air fare to Australia

Family members

One return air fare to Australia per person



Course fees

School-age children aged 5-18

AUD 8000 per year



AUD18610 per year


AUD 6515 per year

First child

 AUD 3720 per year

Each other child

AUD 2790 per year

Family (Dependants)

If you intend to bring family members to Australia, you need to first ensure that your visa allows you to do so. You also need to be aware that if you bring any dependants with you that you are responsible for supporting them, and this includes paying education fees for dependants who study in Australia. School age children are required to study by law, and full fees must be paid by their parents/ guardians


Living off Campus Information:

As your campus is based at Moorooka you should seek accommodation in or near that area.

QCVE does not provide any form of student accommodation however college staff will provide limited, office-based assistance without charge to students who undertake to find their own accommodation, employment and airport transportation. (If students request in writing that QCVE make arrangements on their behalf the charges specified in the Application Form apply.)

Accommodation Options Include:

Share Accommodation:

Your own bedroom in a shared flat or house which generally involves sharing rental, electricity/gas and phone bills.

Approximately $160 to $210+ per week

Private Board:

Your own bedroom, usually in family home, meals included. Approximately $150 to $190+ per week.

Renting a Flatette:

Single bed/living room with its own basic kitchen, and often a shared bathroom. Approximately $100 to $200+ per week.

Renting a House or Flat:

One or more bedrooms, a kitchen, bathroom, living area, and usually laundry. Approximately $210 to $310+ per week for one bedroom plus $80 to $170+ per week for each additional bedroom.