Student Arrival


Before And After You Arrive

As an international student, you have taken a series of steps to begin life as an AAON student in Australia. For this reason, it’s important that you understand the conditions of entry as an International Student and know what to bring.

The costs of travelling to Australia are not included in your course fees and you will need to arrange and pay for your travel to Australia. You should plan to arrive in Sydney at least two weeks before your course orientation to give you time to settle in.


Arranging Travel and Documents to Bring

You will need to prepare a folder of official documents to bring with you to Australia including:

  • Valid passport including a valid student visa
  • Your Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE)
  • Insurance policies
  • Original or certified copies of documents such as your birth certificate, medical records and educational qualifications as advised by Australian Academy of Nursing at the time of confirmation of enrolment.

If you are travelling with your family you will need to include their documents as well. Keep all documents in your carry-on luggage.  In case you lose the originals, make copies that can be left behind with family and sent to you.

Visa Conditions

If you are granted a visa, you must abide by its conditions. Failure to comply with these conditions may result in the cancellation of your visa.

Conditions include (but are not limited to) that you must:

  • Satisfy attendance and/or course progress requirements and maintain a valid enrolment for your chosen course of study.
  • Only work if you have been given permission to do so as part of your visa grant.
  • Maintain approved Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) while in Australia
  • Notify your training provider of your Australian address and any subsequent changes of address within 7 days.
  • Complete the course within the duration specified in the CoE.
  • Remain with the principal education provider for 6 months unless you are issued with a letter of release from the education provider to attend another institution.

Entry into Australia

When you arrive in Australia, you will need to show your passport and incoming passenger card at a Customs and Immigration checkpoint. You may be asked questions about your stay before your passport is stamped and handed back

Once you have passed through the Immigration checkpoint, you should collect your bags ensuring that you check your baggage and check that nothing is missing or damaged. If something is missing or you notice damage, go to the baggage counter and advise them of your problem. Staff at the baggage counter will help you to find missing baggage or lodge a claim for damage to your belongings.

Once you have your luggage you will go through customs where your luggage may be checked. Australia has strict quarantine laws to stop people from bringing in certain food and plant items.  You should declare any items that you are bringing in on the form given to you on the plane.  If customs officers decide that the item you are bringing in are not safe, they will be confiscated and destroyed. If you fail to declare or dispose of any quarantine items, or make a false declaration, you may receive a fine or be prosecuted. All international mail is also screened and checked by customs.

If you want further information, visit the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Travelling to Australia website at

Arriving in Australia

Getting from Location airport to your accommodation:
Sydney International Airport
Located 8 km (5 mi) south of Sydney city centre, in the suburb of Mascot.

Transport options for leaving the airport are here:-

International Student Welcome Desk

The welcome desk is staffed by local and international student volunteers through a work integrated learning program. The volunteers greet students and offer orientation advice including maps and information about accommodation and transport. iPads on the desk also offer information and will direct students to StudyNSW’s website.

Location: Beside the Airport Ambassador’s desk in Arrivals Hall A International Terminal.

Hours: During peak periods the desk is open from 7-11am and from 6-10pm, 7 days a week. Outside of the semester intake period the desk will be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7am-12pm.

If you need further support including an airport pick-up, please contact our Student’s Support team or your AAON Agent.

Keeping in contact

Before you leave home, you should provide your family and friends, and your education provider in Australia, with details of your flights to Australia and where you will be staying when you arrive. Please ensure that you not change these details without informing them. Once you have arrived in Australia, you should also let your family and friends know that you have arrived safely.

For safety reasons, always let someone know where you are.