Australians are fortunate to have a funding system in place that enables everyone, regardless of their wealth, to obtain a tertiary education.
The HECS, HELP & TSL schemes (otherwise known as Study Assist) enable students to pay off their student debt over a period of time through salary deductions by their Australian employers. Normally the only time you notice the deduction is by looking at your payslip.
However, when you move overseas and become an expat your obligations change when it comes to repaying your student debt.
In the past Australian expats were not required to continue making payments though it was always good practice to do so.
That all changed in 2017 when it become law that Australians living overseas must now report their worldwide income to the ATO (if they had outstanding student debt) and, providing that their declared income was above a certain threshold, must now start making repayments.