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Homestay provision (Option 3 and Option 4 Welfare Provision) is one of the most important aspects of the International Student Program. We take pride in the quality of care shown to our students by our wonderful variety of homestay providers. The utmost care is taken in choosing the most appropriate family for a student to be placed with based on the information and special requests that we are notified of in the application form.


Before a student is placed with a family the International Student Coordinator (ISC) takes the following steps to ensure that the potential homestay provider, and their family, are ready to welcome a new international student into their home:


  • Extensive site visit and completion of the Homestay Site Checklist, including conversations about;

    • Why the family are interested in providing homestay accommodation?

    • What sort of student might fit in this home based on personal interests and family composition?

    • Child Safe Legislation, CCYP Reportable Conduct Scheme obligations and procedures.

    • Information contained within the Homestay Provider Resources below

  • Checking that all persons over 18 who reside or frequently reside in the home have a valid Working With Children Check

  • Contacting referee’s nominated by the homestay provider to determine their suitability for child related work

  • Checking that the home has appropriately positioned and maintained smoke alarms


Once a student has arrived and has settled in to their homestay accommodation, the ISC visits the home to have a discussion with all parties regarding the students transition as well as completing the Homestay Responsibility Agreement, which is then emailed to the students family and agent for agreement.


The ISC and the International Student Team at Macleod College maintain regular contact with all parties in order to provide support and advice for the duration of the students stay.

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Homestay Support

Homestay Family Guide

Homestay Student Guidelines


Homestay Terms and Conditions

Smoke Alarms in the home

Child safety and Critical Incidents

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