Homestay & Caregivers

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Mentone Grammar's number one priority is the safety and Wellbeing of all students. 

Mentone Grammar requires all international students enrolled at the School, irrespective of age, to obtain homestay accommodation approved by the School. Students are not permitted to live independently or without adult supervision for the duration of their enrolment.

Mentone Grammar requires all international students who is not being cared for in Australia by a parent or suitable nominated relative to have a caregiver, living in Melbourne, to provide support additional to, but not in place of, the support and counselling that Mentone Grammar normally provides to all students. These support services may include translation services to assist with communication to students and parents/legal guardians.

This requirement for additional paid support services is not a government or a student visa requirement, but is a requirement of Mentone Grammar for the duration of their enrolment.

The School approved welfare and caregiving services are provided by:

ISA Guardian & Welfare Services

Melbourne Student Services Centre

Professional Student Care PSC

A nomination and acceptance of caregiver form must be signed by the parents/legal guardians and caregiver provider accepting this responsibility.

The School approved homestay accommodation services are provided by:

CETA Homestay

Student Accommodation Services

All host families undergo a comprehensive process of screening and briefing to ensure students are matched with the best homestay for their needs. Students and their host receive ongoing support from the homestay provider, Mentone Grammar, the student’s caregiver and education agent. A nomination and acceptance of homestay form must be signed by the parents/legal guardians and homestay provider accepting this responsibility. The School does not provide boarding facilities.

Students are not permitted to arrive before the welfare commencement date detailed on the CAAW Letter. International students must provide Mentone Grammar with arrival details at least two weeks prior to the welfare commencement date specified on the CAAW. 

Please note, the homestay host and the caregiver cannot be the same person.  

No change to a student’s accommodation or caregiver arrangements can be made without the written approval of the School. It is the responsibility of the student to advise Mentone Grammar of any change of address or phone number, the School must have the student’s current address and contact details on record at all times. This information is maintained and updated in the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS). 

The cost associated with the homestay and caregiving support services must be met by the student’s family.

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