There has been an ongoing concern that the student visa scheme might prevent overseas students from expressing their complaints. This article first identifies the basic structure of the Australian student visa scheme which is an integration of more than one Act and by-laws. It then considers the potential problems of the student visa scheme. In doing so, it analyses how the current student visa scheme operates. The article finds that not only does the present scheme require students to make unreasonably intricate judgments to comply with their visa conditions but also results in students on occasions failing to comply no matter what action they take. On the other hand, there appear to be occasions where breaches of student visa conditions are not dealt with.