Step 10 - More Preparation

Get your Student ID card

You will need a Student ID card to access parking, access some classrooms, access residential halls for those living on campus, access to the computer labs, library services, photocopying, printing, identification for exams, meals in cafeteria (if living on campus) and you may also need to use it for work commitments.

Getting your Student ID Card

When you arrive at college on your Orientation day, you will have your photo taken first. Then at the end of the Orientation, you can collect your ID card and travel concession sticker if you meet the conditions.

Replacement Cards

If your card is lost or stolen, report it immediately to your Residence Manager and/or Student Services who will deactivate your card so no-one else can use it.
To replace your card, go to Student Services and pay $30. Your new card will be issued at the same time as payment.

Other Useful Information

Health Care

You would already have organised your Overseas Heath Cover (OSHC) prior to getting your Confirmation of Enrolment. If we have arranged this for you, please ensure you come to the Avondale Admissions office to collect your OSHC card. It is a good idea to have the details of your OSHC insurer with you in case you need to visit the doctor or go to Hospital.


Students who wish to take up available work on or off campus must obtain a Tax File Number (TFN) from the Australian Tax Office. For students wishing to take up on-campus work, please visit Student Services on arrival to the campus. Your TFN will be required once employed. Your student visa enables you to work up to 40 hours per fortnight and full time when Avondale is on a break.

Arriving on campus

Please follow this Checklist of what to bring with you or do prior to leaving your country:
  1. Vaccination card/information where relevant (eg. Bachelor of Nursing students). Ensure you bring your vaccination records with you when you leave your country. It may be difficult to access this from your home country while here in Australia.
  2. Passport and visa – your passport needs to be valid and up to date before your arrival in Australia. Please provide Avondale Admissions with a copy of your visa and passport upon your arrival to Avondale.
  3. Bring your personal documents such as your driver’s licence, birth certificate, ID cards etc.
  4. It is a good idea to have some Australian currency with you prior to leaving your home country. We recommended you bring with you sufficient funds for first few weeks. You can change money at airport if need be. ATMS are available at the airport and on campus.
  5. Sydney Campus
    Students travelling to the Sydney campus by train should disembark at Hornsby Station or Turramurra Station on the North Shore & Western line. A public bus service connects each station to Sydney Adventist Hospital.
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    Lake Macquarie Campus
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  6. Accommodation - Make sure you have organised your accommodation prior to leaving your home country. It is a good idea to have the address of where you are staying written down and easily accessible when you arrive.
  7. Clothing – It can be quite warm in the summer and cool during winter months. Make sure you pack enough clothes to ensure you are comfortable whatever the weather may be.
  8. Customs - It is a good idea to check the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection website to see what you can and cannot bring into the country.


Moodle is the learning management system used at Avondale College to provide students with access to key online learning resources and activities. While these online learning activities and resources are the main focus for off-campus students, on-campus students also participate in many online tasks to supplement their face-to-face lectures, tutorials and other practical classes. Active participation and interaction in online course components is essential and beneficial for all students as many key resources and instructions are only available in Moodle. Students are encouraged to orientate themselves with the Moodle presence for all units taken early in each semester. Look for the link to Moodle in the top menu bar on the Avondale College website. Contact your lecturer or IT services if you have difficulties accessing Moodle.


Turnitin submission links added to Moodle allow both students and lecturers to assess the originality of academic assignments. A Turnitin similarity report provides feedback to students by indicating how much unoriginal content is present in a submission by comparing it with internet pages, other student submissions and academic articles. To avoid plagiarism, it is essential that students understand how to identify credible sources, paraphrase correctly and cite the ideas of others using required referencing styles.

A range of information skills tutorials are available online and from the Avondale College Library web site.