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Macleod College welcomes all international students and their families to our community

Macleod College is located at the heart of the well-established suburb of Macleod, just 14 km north of the city of Melbourne. Macleod College is adjacent to Macleod Railway Station with regular trains to the city as well as links to local bus services.


Macleod College enjoys extensive sports fields and wide open spaces with many trees and native gardens. We are fortunate to be just across the road from the local community centre, playground, shopping precinct and YMCA, enabling the school to form close ties with the local community and extend these opportunities to our students. The Macleod College community are eager to help students and their families transition to life in Victoria.


Upon confirmation of enrolment, families would have received the ISP Pre-departure Guide containing important information to assist families and students in their transition to life and study in Melbourne. In addition, please see the links below for more information that will assist students, not only on arrival but also while they complete their studies with us. We hope that by staying informed about opportunities and services this will increase student enjoyment, immersion and safety while they are here in Australia.


In addition to these documents and websites, the dedicated International Student social room at Macleod College is resourced with booklets, pamphlets and vibrant displays highlighting the educational, social and recreational services available to them. Families and students are reminded that they can always ask staff for more specific information when required.


We hope that all international students experience an engaging, unique and supported educational experience while studying with us at Macleod College.


Find out more about Macleod College

Orientation Day Presentation

Curriculum at Macleod College

Parent Information Handbook

Parent Handbook - Compass

Google Map of Macleod College Location

Macleod College - Buildings and Rooms

Macleod College Facilities

School term dates and holidays in Victoria


Child Safety at Macleod College

Macleod College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people by providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.


Every person involved in Macleod College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

See all of our Child Safe Policies here

PROTECT - Child Safe Standards Poster

PROTECT - Easy English Fact Sheet for Parents

PROTECT - Easy English Fact Sheet for Secondary School Students


Shopping near Macleod College

Local Shopping - Macleod Shopping Village

Macleod Shopping Village serves the local community with all the shops and services you may require including doctor, post office, fresh food, dining and cafes.


There are also several other small shopping strips in neighbouring suburbs, such as Heidelberg, Reservoir, Watsonia, Bundoora and Rosanna.


Larger shopping centres that aren’t too far away include:

Find out more about Melbourne, Victoria

Study in Melbourne 

Study Melbourne provides an information hub that includes the latest news, events and advice for International Students. Students can subscribe to receive regular newsletters.

Live in Melbourne

Melbourne’s lifestyle is unrivalled around the world. Gain access to some of the world’s best healthcare, education and housing. From preschool through to university – Melbourne offers an unparalleled experience of world-class education opportunities for you and your family.

Cost of Living

When you study in Victoria, Australia, you can enjoy a very high standard of living with a reasonably low cost of living.

Information about Melbourne/Victoria

Keep in touch with ‘What’s on’ in Melbourne

Visit Melbourne Shopping

Melbourne enjoys extended shopping hours, with shops and malls open 7 days a week. Most shops open at approx. 9am and close at 6pm. Late night shopping is available on Thursday and Friday.


Public Transport in Victoria

Macleod College is easily accessible by public transport. Macleod Railway Station is a premium station with full facilities and is located only 400m from the school.


Bus route 561 runs from Coburg to Macleod Railway Station via La Trobe University and Reservoir.


Public Transport Victoria


Healthcare and General Safety Information

Maintaining appropriate health cover for the duration of their stay is a visa requirement for all international students. While some families would have chosen to have their health cover arranged for them through Medibank, other families may have chosen an alternative provider. Please see your providers terms and conditions to find out more about entitlements and processes for making a claim.

Banyule Community Health


Fire Safety at Home: FRV

Water Safety: Life Saving Victoria

Sun Safe

Road Rules and Safety: VicRoads


Legal Services (advice)

There are many legal services available to international students and their families. We advise that they seek assistance when required from a variety of sources. Some local service providers are listed below:


Legal help at Study Melbourne Student Centre

West Heidelberg Community Legal Service

Fair Work Ombudsman - Visa Holders & migrants, International Students




International Student Program Governing Bodies



  • International Student obligations and entitlements - Victorian Government Schools: International Student Program - Study Vic

  • Victoria’s Education and Training Regulator - VRQA

  • Child Safe Standards - All Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities to children are required by law to comply with the Child Safe Standards.

  • The Victorian Government is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. Department program: - PROTECT.



The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education and training institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa.  ESOS also provides tuition fee protection for international students.

  • National Code 2018

    • ​The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018) supports the National Strategy for International Education 2025 to advance Australia as a global leader in education, training and research.

    • The National Code is a legislative instrument made under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and sets nationally consistent standards to support providers to deliver quality education and training to overseas students.

  • Australian Government - Department of Home Affairs

Students and their guardians can stay up to date with regard to Visa conditions and their responsibilities when holding such a visa.

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