On 1 July 2016, Australia made a number of changes to its student visa processes. These changes include the introduction of a simplified student visa framework (SSVF).
Under the SSVF:
all international students will now apply for a single Student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study
all international students will be required to apply for their student visa online
a new immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of English language and financial capacity that a student needs to provide with their visa application.