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Education Services for Overseas Students

ESOS Act 2000

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations regulates the education and training sector’s involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on student visas. It does this through the Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework. This protects both Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.

The legislation mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition, and care of students, remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS legislation’s interface with immigration law. This imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and providers. For more information on ESOS, please visit www.internationaleducation.gov.au.

The ESOS Acts and Regulations set out the legal framework for the delivery of education to overseas students. It governs:

  • Which providers may be registered
  • The CRICOS registration process
  • Obligations of providers
  • Tuition assurance and consumer protection mechanisms
  • Enforcement and compliance powers
  • Charges providers pay to enrol overseas students

National Code of Practice 2007

On 1 July 2007, the original National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students was substantially revised to improve clarity and to give institutions more flexibility. For students, the changes brought about greater protection. All CRICOS-registered providers must comply with the provisions of the National Code of Practice 2007.