On 29 October 2013 the Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection released the findings of the Review of the Student Visa Assessment Level report and announced the government’s proposal to simplify the student visa Assessment Level (AL) Framework.
From 22 March 2014 the department has simplified the AL Framework by removing AL4 and AL5. As a result the AL Framework now comprises three assessment levels (AL1 to AL3) with former AL4 countries/sectors reduced to AL3.
The department has also reduced the financial requirement for AL3 student visa applicants from 18 months to 12 months. However, as a result of this change, funds for AL3 applicants are required to be provided by the visa applicant or their close relative.