From July 1st 2016, Under the SSVF all visa applications by international students and education agents will be processed online. Below are some of the key changes:
international students will apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500)regardless of their chosen course of study
student guardians will apply for the new Student Guardian visa (subclass 590)
a single immigration risk framework will apply to all international students
all students and student guardians will generally be required to lodge their visa application online by creating an account in ImmiAccount.