Simple explanation of GTE

There are currently over 450,000 international students in Australia.

Which is 14% more students than last year! We’re getting more and more students!

To accommodate these many students, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) require adherence to the Genuine Temporary Entrant Requirement (Otherwise known as ‘The GTE’) (Ministerial Direction No 53 under s499).




Genuine Temporary Entrant or GTE

The GTE was introduced on the 5th November 2011.

It is a way for DIBP to filter applicants going through the student visa programs. The need for filtering arises from ungenuine motives. i.e. Student does not really want to be a student, but instead is using the visa to gain access to the country and never leave.

Therefore since 2011, to gain a student visa, one must successfully pass the GTE requirements.

Sample GTE from Australian School of Management course:


For a full pdf, see:

All colleges/universities have their own individual GTEs.

This example from the Australian school of management highlights the types of questions any GTE will ask you. All colleges will have similar questions. This is because each educational institute creates their GTE form based on the Ministerial Direction No. 53 under s499. 

How to pass the GTE will be a topic for a future video. It can get pretty sticky, as the whole process is quite new. But essentially, the crux is that the GTE is a way to determine if the applicant is a genuine temporary entrant. I.e. To verify that there is the intent to study in Australia then return back home. If an answer to a question indicates that you’re trying to live in Australia forever, that may be an issue when DIBP looks through the application.


Thanks for reading!

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Mark David Teo