Study Vision's COVID-19 Policy for Hosts

The latest requirements for students to return is that they must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine recognised by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), in order to be allowed to participate in the International Student Return Pilot Plans. For more information about the NSW pilot program, please refer to Study Sydney. There are pilot programs in other states, all of which have similar requirements.

Study Vision also requires that all homestay family members be vaccinated, if possible. All Shared Accommodation properties will have their own COVID Safety Plans in place.

Study Vision’s first priority is the health and safety of you, your family, and your students. We are also obligated to follow the regulations and recommendations of various authorities, including all Australian federal, state and local public health authorities.

To assist with safely welcoming your student, please consider the following before they arrive:

Bedroom Set-up

  • Sanitization / cleaning supplies in room (e.g. disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, etc.) – Guide the student to use them whenever necessary
  • Towels & sheets for student’s use – Guide the student to wash these regularly
  • Garbage can with clean liner – Guide the student to empty their garbage daily, and replace the liner

Bathroom Set-up

  • Sanitization / cleaning supplies in room – Guide the student to use them whenever necessary
  • Toiletries that are normally shared with the family, such as hand soap, and a designated place to store them (e.g. basket or specific drawer). If bathroom is shared, consider providing a box or basket so students can take toiletries to and from their bedroom.
  • Guide the student to clean the bathroom after they use it, to keep the bathroom hygeinic for everyone

Laundry Room Set-up

  • Sanitization / cleaning supplies in room – Guide the student to use them whenever necessary


When your student arrives:

  • Ensure the student is aware of any local restrictions and house rules about COVID, such as mask wearing, using hand sanitiser, etc.
  • Give the student a tour of the house, pointing out where hand sanitiser is available
  • Give student a regular time to wash their laundry, separate from any family laundry


If you or your students start to show symptoms of COVID-19, please get tested immediately. Please help your student arrange a test, if needed. Symptoms include:

  • fever (37.5 degrees Celsius or higher)
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • shortness of breath (difficulty breathing)
  • runny nose
  • loss of taste
  • loss of smell

After you or your student have been tested, you must self-isolate until you receive a negative test, even if you are fully vaccinated.

If you or the student receive a positive test result, please notify Study Vision and your student’s school/university immediately. You, your family and the student will need to self-isolate until you are cleared by a medical professional. You cannot relocate the student, or force them to leave, if you or the student are required to self-isolate.

For more information, please see the NSW Government’s Self-Isolation Rules webpage

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