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Introduction

Our Brisbane campus is located just 20 minutes drive from the central business district of one of Australia’s largest cities. The campus is located in Brisbane Technology Park, amongst professional office spaces, cafes, and recreational spaces. Our campus space features general classrooms and specialised learning spaces for courses that require specific features to teach industry skills.

Brisbane, Queensland

27.4698° S, 153.0251° E

Population: 2.28 million
Average Temperature: High 39° / Low 10°
Currency: Australian Dollars (AUD)
A little background

Brisbane enjoys a subtropical climate with hot, humid, rainy summers and cool to warm, dry winters. From white sandy beaches to tropical rainforests, Brisbane is one of the most beautiful and relaxed cities in Australia. It has one of the world’s most agreeable climates, with an average 300 days of the year consisting of clear blue skies and warm temperatures.

Brisbane’s location allows for day trips to the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast and numerous national parks and bushwalking tracks. Aside from the city’s architectural landmarks such as the 1920s City Hall and the Treasury Building’s graceful colonnades, Brisbane’s major attractions are outdoors. Cool down under a canopy of subtropical foliage at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens. Gaze at contemporary art at the gallery of Modern Art (GOMA), dinosaurs at the Queensland Museum, and skyscrapers from the gently revolving wheel of Brisbane and make sure to fill the cuteness quota at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, home to koalas and kangaroos.

NIET Brisbane

Brisbane Technology Park

7 & 8 Clunies Ross Court,
Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113
(+61) 7 3117 1772
What you need to know
Living
in Brisbane
Cost of Living

The cost of living in Brisbane is cheaper than other major Australian cities like Sydney or Melbourne. Within Brisbane, cost of living varies significantly depending on factors like accommodation type, accommodation location, transport, and your shopping and eating habits.

Accommodation

Accommodation is generally the most significant cost in a student’s budget. Brisbane has a wide range of options for accommodation including purpose-built student accommodation buildings which provide affordable accommodation options for students.

Other Costs

Students will incur other miscellaneous costs including transport, food, drinks, and recreation. NIET recommends budgeting within your means and according to your needs.

Public Transport

Brisbane has a robust public transit service consisting of buses, trains, and ferries. Trips can be easily planned via online maps services or the Queensland Translink mobile app. GoCards (electronic ticketing system) can be purchased from service stations and transit stations to make board and paying fares quick and easy.

Private Transport

Owning your own vehicle can be very expensive, and Brisbane’s streets are often busy and difficult to navigate. Before purchasing your own vehicle, ensure you are able to afford ongoing costs like fuel, registration, insurance, and maintenance.

Bus Stops

Our campus is located at Brisbane Technology Park which is easily accessible via multiple bus stops. Stops on Logan Road, McKechnie Drive, and Miles Platting Road are all within walking distance of our campus.

Living in Brisbane

The cost of living is cheaper in Brisbane than other major Australian cities. However, it is still high when compared with different global standards (Brisbane was ranked the 21st most expensive city in the world in 2014 by the Economist Intelligence Unit).
Within Brisbane, the cost of living can vary quite significantly depending on things like where you choose to live as in the suburbs closer to the city centre tend to be more expensive. Also, a consideration is needed regarding the type of accommodation you want to live in, e.g. a room in a share house will typically be cheaper than renting a unit, or townhouse or whole house. You need to decide how you will get around, e.g. public transport which is more affordable or running your car, depending on where you live; and where you shop or eat buying your food from farmers’ markets or supermarkets will be cheaper than frequently eating at restaurants.
Below is a table that indicates a summary of living costs.

Item  Cost per week  Notes/further information 
Accommodation  $120 (per room 

in a share, house) to $500 plus (inner city apartment) 

www.realestate.com.au – Houses and apartments for rent;
www.gumtree.com.au – Rooms for rent; www.housemates.com.au – Rooms for rent; www.rta.gov.au – Tenancy information 
Public Transport  $20 – $50 plus  www.translink.com.au – Public transport fare information and journey planning; www.citycycle.com.au – Bicycle share scheme; https://www.uber.com/en-AU/ – Car share scheme: www.blackandwhitecabs.com.au; www.yellowcab.com.au – Taxi companies 

Cars and Fuel Varies greatly http://fuelprices.racq.com.au/fairfuelprices/Default.as px – Fuel price information;
www.carsales.com.au – Used cars for sale; 

www.redbook.com.au – Car values and pricing information 

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Item Cost per week Notes/further information 

Food and Drink  $50 – $150 plus  www.coles.com.au; www.woolworths.com.au; www.aldi.com.au; www.iga.com.au – Major supermarkets;
Google “Brisbane farmers’ markets” for farmers’ market locations; 

www.urbanspoon.com – Restaurant information and reviews 

Overseas Student Health  Cover $10+ for a single student  https://oshcaustralia.com.au/en – OSHC comparison service 

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Phone and Internet  $5 – $50 plus per service  http://www.whistleout.com.au/MobilePhones – Mobile phone comparison service; http://bc.whirlpool.net.au/ – Broadband internet comparison service 
Student Accommodation Facilities

Unlike many smaller cities, Brisbane has options to rent at purpose-built student accomodation buildings which provide relatively cheap accommodation for students with individual rooms and communal facilities.

Options for School Aged Dependents

If you are bringing school-aged children with you when you study in Australia, you will need to arrange for them to attend school. The requirements for enrolling students and school fees vary across schools. See https://schoolsdirectory.eq.edu.au/ for information on Queensland public schools. See http://www.privateschoolsguide.com/Brisbane-Private-Schools or individual school websites for information on private schools.

General Health Support

There are numerous health clinics within Brisbane for general health concerns, and a public hospital with a 24-hour emergency department for unexpected issues.

Student Wellbeing

NIET makes counsellors available to students who need assistance with their wellbeing via a counselling service. Please contact your study coach if you need access to this service.

Overseas Student Health Cover

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is insurance that provides cover for the costs of medical and hospital care which international students may need while in Australia and is mandatory for international student visa holders. OSHC will also cover the cost of emergency ambulance transport and most prescription drugs.

 

How do I get OSHC?

When applying for your student visa you will be asked to provide evidence of having OSHC for the entire duration of your stay in Australia. You cannot arrive until you have OSHC organised and evidence of the same.

Students can purchase their OSHC through their Education Agent or contact us directly, however evidence will be required during enrolment that students have sufficient cover.

 

OSHC Providers

Only Australian health funds that have signed an agreement with the Australian Government can provide OSHC. You can select an OSHC provided from one of the four (4) registered health funds below. You may choose to change your health fund at any time but will need to abide by the conditions of change of the health fund provider you are leaving. If you would like Charlton Brown to arrange your OSHC with our preferred provider please contact us.

BUPA OSHC
www.overseasstudenthealth.com

Medibank Private
www.medibank.com.au

Some students may be exempt from enrolling in the OSHC such as students from countries whose Governments may have Reciprocal Health Agreements for students in Australia.

Note: Only some reciprocal health agreements cover students in Australia, some will only cover visitors. You should determine if you are eligible before you apply for your visa to come to Australia.

 

Further Information on OSHC

For further information on OSHC, please visit the following websites and resources.

The Department of Health – General information

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing. nsf/Content/health-privatehealth-consumers-ovc.htm

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The Department of Health – Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing. nsf/Content/Overseas+Student+Health+Cover+FAQ -1

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Department of Home Affairs – OSHC Fact Sheet

https://internationaleducation.gov.au/Regulatory- Information/Documents/OSHC%20fact%20sheet%2 0-%20for%20education%20providers.pdf

A Friendly Campus

Our Brisbane campus is located in Brisbane Technology Park, a bustling centre of business, research, and education. The area has a lively and friendly student community.

A Bustling City

On a broader scale, Brisbane is an active city with an array of community activities and events happening every day. No matter what you enjoy doing, you’ll be able to find like-minded people in Brisbane.

Find Your People

Online platforms and social media make finding your people easier than ever. We recommend searching online for groups interested in the same hobbies as you.

Study Coaches

With NIET, learning online doesn’t mean learning alone. Our study coach policy provides every student with a single point of contact for the duration of their enrolment, ensuring they always have access to the support they need to get the most from their studies online or on campus.

 

Study skills support

This program helps students to manage their time and plan their schedule. Academic writing skills and research skills are also included. Students also learn note-taking skills in this program.

Our training organisation caters to diverse student/ candidate learning needs and aims to identify and respond to the learning needs of all students/ candidates. Student/ candidates are encouraged to express their views about their learning needs at all stages of their learning experience from the initial induction and enrolment stage. Our organisation will assist all student/ candidates who enrol in their effort to complete our Training and Assessment programmes. If a student/ candidate is experiencing any difficulties with their studies, we would recommend that the student/ candidate should seek assistance from a Mentor or Tutoring staff.

 

Counselling Service

NIET makes counsellors available to students who need assistance with their wellbeing via a counselling service. Please contact your study coach if you need access to this service.

 

Counselling/ personal support

  • Lifeline – 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au
  • Relationships Australia – 1300 364 277 http://www.relationships.org.au
  • MensLine Australia – (For men of any age) 1300 78 99 78
  • Kids Helpline (For young people aged 5-25) – 1800 551 800

 

Mental health support

  • Headspace.org.au (Headspace provides mental and health wellbeing support, information and services to young people aged 12 to 25 years and their families.)
  • Mindhealthconnect.org.au (Launched as part of Australian Government’s National E- Mental Health Strategy, this site is a trusted source to identify issues regarding mental health care and initial steps to find relevant support and resources to meet mental health needs.
  • For students considered to be ”at risk”, the following processes will apply:
  • Identify particular requirements (such as literacy or English language) learners would need to complete this course
  • Developing strategies to make support available where gaps are identified
  • Students can obtain individual support with LLN, assistive technology, additional tutorial and other mechanisms, such as assist in using technology for online delivery components

 

Personal Safety

Australia is quite a safe country by world standards, but as with anywhere, there is still some crime.
To maximise your safety, consider the following, particularly at night:

  • walking, jogging or cycling with a friend or dog
  • varying your routes
  • knowing where you are going
  • choosing well-lit favourite roads and paths, or stay where you are visible to other people facing oncoming traffic, so a car cannot pull-up unnoticed
  • carrying identification, a mobile phone, phone card, or change for a public telephone that wearing headphones while out and about can make you less alert to your surroundings
  • maintaining a streetwise appearance, be confident in your body language
  • walking without lingering or sauntering with your head down
  • carrying your bag securely and talking to people in a confident manner
  • teaching yourself to look people in the eye
  • trusting your instincts – if you are feeling unsafe, threatened or nervous, do not ignore it
  • building your safety habits based on your sense of comfort and security
  • if travelling at night on public transport, keep your phone, laptop and other expensive items hidden, or use them discreetly so as not to attract unwanted attention

 

 

Workshops

NIET regularly runs interactive support webinars and workshops so students can discuss the challenges around studying living a busy, modern life with their trainers, study coaches, and peers.

 

Language, Literacy and numeracy support

A formal entry test may be provided to students to identify these difficulties. Once the gap has been defined, we could offer sessions for our students:

  • One-one individual lesson
  • Small group lesson
  • Discussion lesson
  • Consultation and mentoring session

Please note that for the LLN training, the first 30 mins are free. After that, if students would like to do LLN gap training, the hourly rate is $50/ hour.

 

Online delivery support

Students are given a password-protected login to our learning platform. The website provides students with study materials, assessments, online email support, Skype, online chatroom and forum discussion. Telephone support and technology consultation are also available for students.

 

Dining

Brisbane is a large multicultural city, and its dining options reflect this, ranging from high end seafood restaurants to casual gastropubs with unbeatable atmospheres.

Attractions

Brisbane’s major attractions include the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Gallery of Modern Art, Queensland Museum, and the Wheel of Brisbane.

Nearby Locations

Brisbane is located between the Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast, and is within driving distance of northern New South Wales. Choices for day trip locations are almost endless when living in Brisbane.

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