Overseas Students

PBC is an approved Overseas Higher Education Provider (CRICOS Provider Code 00986G) and offers various Undergraduate courses and a Graduate Diploma course to overseas students.

Additionally, PBC works in partnership with the Sydney College of Divinity (SCD) (CRICOS Provider Code 02948J) and offers their Bachelor of Counselling and various postgraduate awards.

SCD (CRICOS Provider Code 02948J) is recognised by the Commonwealth Government as a Higher Education Provider, offering accredited higher education courses in biblical and theology studies to equip people for effective professional research and ministry in a rapidly changing environment.

ESOS framework

PBC can only provide its courses to overseas students if the College is registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This includes ensuring PBC complies with all of its obligations under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act).

The Act, its legislation, and National Code (known as the ESOS Framework) are designed to protect the interests of students coming to Australia on student visas, including tuition protection services.

For more information regarding the College’s commitment to its compliance to the ESOS Act, please see our ESOS Compliance Policy.

Overseas students who decide to study in Australia are advised to be familiar with the ESOS Framework.

Additionally, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment also released this factsheet for overseas students containing important information about their rights and responsibilities while studying in Australia.

Tuition Protection Services

The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist overseas students whose education providers cannot fully deliver their course of study.

In the unlikely event that PBC is unable to deliver a course an overseas student has paid for and cannot meet its obligations to either offer the student an alternative course or refund the student’s unspent prepaid tuition fees (this is called a provider’s ‘default obligations’), the TPS will assist the student in finding an alternative course or obtaining a refund if a suitable alternative is not found.

For the formal arrangements made by PBC regarding its course assurance obligations, please see our Statement of Tuition Assurance.

For more information on the Tuition Protection Service, please see their website: https://www.dese.gov.au/tps.

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Important Information for PBC Overseas Students
SCD Student Handbook

Full-time students

To apply for full-time study at PBC, download the Course Guide or alternatively, you can contact PBC and we will send you an information pack.

We recommend that, before sending us your application, you contact the Australian Immigration authorities, find out how to apply for a student visa, and determine what the specific visa requirements are and whether you can meet them.

Be aware that it could take up to 12 weeks to complete visa procedures once you have been accepted to study at PBC, so you should begin your application well before you intend to begin your studies.

Full details of the application process can be found in the Admissions Policy.

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Part-time, external and audit students

We advise all Australian non-citizens to contact the Australian Immigration authorities to ensure undertaking part-time, external, or audit studies at PBC does not breach any requirements or restrictions of their current visa.

For more information about the part-time, external studies and auditing units, please contact the college.



Living in Perth

Perth is Australia’s fourth largest city, with a population of some 2 million people. It is the capital of the State of Western Australia and lies on the banks of the Swan River.

Perth has the sophistication of a big city, with fine shops, restaurants and sporting and cultural facilities, yet it also offers a clean, safe and friendly environment. Located on the West coast of Australia, Perth is a beautiful, well-planned city with magnificent waterways, golden sand, surfing and swimming beaches along the coast, and an enjoyable year-round Mediterranean-type climate.

Unmarred by smog or pollution and with an average of eight hours of sunshine daily, it is the home base for the west’s enormous mineral and energy projects.

There are few places on earth like Perth for sailing, swimming, snorkelling, or just soaking up the sun. From overseas, Perth can be reached by regular international air services, and from the rest of Australia by domestic flights, bus or train.

Perth is a multicultural city with various stores catering to people from many different countries. There are also a number of excellent markets located throughout the city.

Perth’s hottest month is February, with an average maximum temperature of 30C and a minimum of 19oC. The coolest month is July, having an average maximum of 18oC and minimum of 9oC. Perth has a perfect climate for outdoor activities and living for much of the year.

Visit the WA Government website or Tourism WA for more information on living in Perth.

Living on PBC campus provides you with the convenience of having a large shopping centre (over 300 shops), excellent public beaches, a golf course and access to public transport, all within easy walking distance from your front door.


PBC has limited on-campus accommodation for students to rent out (depending on availability).

Living on-site will give you the added advantage of having an option of fully furnished unit at a relatively low cost, with gas and electricity already connected, and a safe environment and play area for children.

The college has 24 self-contained units for student accommodation.

Cost of Living

Each student’s circumstances are unique. A single student living on campus should budget minimum $1500 per month. A family living on campus at PBC should budget about $2000-$2500 per month. So for a better idea of what to expect while living in Perth, see StudyAustralia’s website to find further information about the cost of living.

These figures include general living costs, excluding course costs, books and children’s schooling, and do not allow for extras like running a vehicle. Children are required to attend school from pre-primary.

Costs vary for each situation. Click here for  immigration finance requirements, visit .

Work while you study

While holding a student visa, students are allowed to work up to 40 hours fortnightly. However, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the restriction was lifted and is to be re-introduced from 1 July 2023. For further information, click here.

Dependent Children and their schooling

Public schooling is close by, with the primary school just a short walk away from the College. All children aged six and over must be enrolled in a primary school. Secondary school begins at age 12 or 13. All children enrolled at a government or non-government (private) school must pay full school fees.

Please visit Tafe International’s website for current information on children and education.

To live in Perth is to have all the advantages of city life without feeling like you are in a large city.

For more information

If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:

  • Principal Executive Officer: Rev Stephen Poisat (Principal)
  • Principal Agent: Mrs Becky Jungmin Shaw (Dean of Students)
  • Assistant: Mrs Addie Twyerould (Receptionist/PA)
  • Deputy: Mrs Kari Minetto (College Administrator)


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