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Dear Student 


Welcome to Australia. Soon you will be arriving here and staying with a Homestay family that we have provided for you.


Homestay is the next step in the development of your own independence. From your Host you can learn how to live in a new culture, care for yourself, learn how to cook, how to pay your own bills and how to stay safe.


This email is a brief introduction to residing in Homestay. Homestay is a wonderful way to settle into Australia and learn new life skills which will benefit you all your life.

A Homestay is someone’s home that they have offered to you providing you with a secure and safe accommodation. Please respect your Homestay family. They are  not a hotel.


Where will I be Living ?

Your Homestay will be located within 10 kilometres of Trinity College. You are required to stay in Homestay accommodation until you are 18 years.


What is the Weather ?

Check the weather where you are going to study.

What is the weather there when you arrive ? Is it Cold ? Is it Hot ?

Make sure you take the right clothes with you when you arrive.


Who is your Host Family ?

Your Host has an Email Address. Before you arrive in Australia email your Host family and ask them directly any questions about them and their home. You can ask them for their Skype Address and for any pictures of their home that they can send you.

Host families live in suburbs not usually in the inner city so travel from Homestay to school is from forty minutes to one hour.


A Host with Homestay Australia is only allowed to accept a maximum of three male or female students at any one time. Homestay Australia only allows male OR female students in the one home. There is no gender mixed homestay accommodation.

Arrival in Australia

All Under 18 Years students must take an Airport Transfer, arranged by Homestay Australia, directly from the Airport to their Homestay.

If your parents are travelling with you they must arrange their own accommodation. Parents can transfer from the Airport to their Hotel by Taxi. Homestay Australia recommends a number of Hotels. Please email for the contact details for these hotels. Parents, once they have reached their hotel can call their Child's Homestay and arrange a time to meet with them later that day or the next day.


Students over 18 years are not required to have arranged an Airport transfer. If you have booked a Driver, you need to contact the Driver if you are delayed. The Driver will be waiting for you with a sign showing your name. Please, do not bring any food to Australia. If you do, you will be delayed at Customs and they will take the food from you.


If Trinity College under 18 year old students want to stay with their parents after arriving to their host they and their parents must go to Trinity College 200 Victoria St Carlton to arrange and obtain permission. The homestay payment sate will start from the students original  arrival date to the host.


Travel to School.

On your first day of school or on the day before you are to start school, your Host will take you to school and collect you from school by public transport. Your Host will ensure that you understand which is the best way to travel to your school.



Food will be different to your country food.


Breakfast. Breakfast is self-serve and is not prepared by your host and is not a cooked breakfast. Your host will show you how to make your breakfast from the foods available. A Typical Australian breakfast is cereal, toast, tea or coffee, or milk or juice.



If you have selected lunch on your Homestay application your host will show you how to make your lunch and what you can take to school. A typical lunch in Australia is sandwiches, fruit, drink, snack biscuits.



Your host will cook a hot dinner for you. Check every day with your Host what time the evening meal will be. Please advise your Host of your school timetable. Then your Host can arrange dinner for when you come home. You must call you host if late for dinner or not coming home for dinner by the agreed time.


Cooking in the home.

Students can use a kettle, microwave, toaster rice cooker but no oven, cooktop or any appliance with an open flame. Never leave the kitchen while you are preparing your food.


Water use.

Your host family will advise how long you are allowed to take a shower.

Your family will advise how many times a week you can use the washing machine.



No fan or bar heaters are allowed in bedrooms. If you are cold tell your Host who will provide more blankets for you. No electric blankets are allowed or will be provided.

Your Homestay Accommodation.

The Host family will provide you with a single room (unless agreed prior to arrival for a twin shared room); Furnished with wardrobe hanging space, a chest of drawers, a desk and a single or double bed. Your Homestay fee covers all costs for accommodation, food, electricity, gas and water. 



All students do their own washing. Ask your Host how to use the washing machine.



You have your own toothpaste and shampoo and personal toiletries



You keep your own room clean and tidy. There are no locks allowed on bedrooms door for security so as your host can check on you if you are sick.



All Homestay homes are non-smoking.



You must have your own mobile phone.



All hosts are required to provide internet access. The Cost is $40.00 per month and is included in your homestay fees invoice

This is an additional charge to the Homestay weekly charge.

The internet connection is what is provided, not a computer.

Each student must have their own laptop.

The Internet use is for Email correspondence with family, friends and study purposes only. Downloading of Music and Movies, playing Internet Games or Chat rooms are considered excessive use of the internet and are not allowed when using the internet connection provided by the host.



Please ensure that your showers are no longer than 10 minutes. Leaving the bathroom as you have found it


Fire Safety in the Homestay.

Do not leave your Laptop on your Bed or on any soft surface.

Do not use power boards greater than 2 sockets (10 amp per outlet)

Do not leave your desk lamp on all night.

Do not use a fan heater in your bedrooms.

Turn off your monitor from the wall switch at the end of the day


Homestay Payments.

Before you arrive in Australia, your First invoice for four weeks and your Placement fee have already been paid.
You will be sent an email, two weeks after you have arrived in Australia, with an invoice attached for payment for the next four week period. If you are over 18 years and only staying in Homestay for four weeks, please reply to the email advising Homestay Australia that you are only staying for four weeks. Make sure you also tell your Host family.


Homestay Australia will keep sending you invoices every four weeks until you advise the final date you will be in homestay. Please tell Homestay Australia and your Host, two weeks

before you leave.
Homestay Australia will always send your invoices to you by email. You do not make direct payments to your Host 
- you always pay Homestay Australia.



If you are away for more than one week from your Homestay and wish to keep your room, the rate is $185.00 per week.



There are two pays to pay for your Homestay accommodation.

In person - take a copy of your Invoice to the Bank listed on the invoice and they will explain how to make the payment.


Online – via your Bank make the transfer online. All the details you need are on your invoice.




Students are to obey the curfew time set by their Host. They must be home before dark and home for dinner every day of the week

Under 18 year old students are not allowed to stay overnight away from their host family without written permission from their school and/or their parents. Once you have received written permission from your school and your parents, show your Host.  Ensure your Host also knows where you are and how you can be contacted in case of an emergency.  


Homestay Australia will also send an email to your Host family with written permission from your school if you are allowed to stay out overnight. NO email NO overnight stay.

Always ask permission from your Host if you wish a friend to stay at your homestay. They will need permission from their school and parents. 



Student’s responsibilities in Homestay 

You must be contactable at all times by your School, your Host family and your Parents.

You must be responsible for your own personal health

Your must be responsible for your own studies and homework

You must respect the privacy of other members of the home


We suggest that to be a part of the Host family,


Don’t always staying in your bedroom

Include yourself in daily family chores.

   e.g. empty the dishwasher

          clean up after meals;  

          be home at the designated meal time.



Host responsibilities 

     In the Homestay, the host is expected to provide the following service :


Providing healthy meals

Teach you how to do your washing and ironing

Teach you acceptable hygiene habits

Teach you how to live in a foreign country.

Ensuring that you are attending school

Ensuring that you have a clear understanding of the local transport systems.

     Advise acceptable times to be at home after school and at weekends

Amount of time on the internet for leisure purposes

Western Manners




     Good manners are the same as anywhere.

Women and men are equal.

Homestays are not Servants.

Knock on the door before you enter the bathroom and the toilet

Do not enter the bedrooms of other members of the Host Family nor other student‘s rooms. 

Always treat your Host family the way you would like to be treated.



No liability will be accepted for any injury to any person. No liability will be accepted for any damage, loss, theft or disappearance of any property belonging to anyone. No liability will be accepted for any illegal or criminal activity by any persons. Responsibility must be taken by all parties for their own safety and the safety of their belongings. Total responsibility rests upon all parties to have appropriate Insurance for all aspects.