On 1 July 2016, Australia will make a number of changes to its student visa processes. These changes include the introduction of a simplified visa framework known as SSVF.
Under the SSVF
All international students will now apply for a single student visa (subclass 500), regardless of their chosen course of study.
All international students will be required to apply for their student visa application online.
A new immigration risk framework will be used to guide the evidence of English Language and financial capacity that a student needs to provide with their visa application.
More details can be found at DIBP Australia official webpage https://www.border.gov.au