Students who have a student visa pay fees in advance each semester and these fees are protected by the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) legislation. In the unlikely event that IES are unable to deliver the course, students will receive a refund from the TPS.
In contrast, if a student does not have a student visa and are studying in Australia as a Temporary resident (or the dependant of a temporary resident), their fees are not covered under the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) legislation.
As a consequence, Temporary residents do not pay fees in advance. Specifically, they will be required to pay $1,000 to secure their enrolment and pay their fees progressively under a schedule provided to them. Once the program has commenced, they will required to pay no more than $1,500 for any part of the course that they haven't yet undertaken. Typically, this will involve paying $1,500 each month and then the outstanding balance of the fees due in the last month of each semester.
Note, fees for the course are identical for all students regardless of their visa status.