ESOS legislative framework
ESOS legislative framework
The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education and training institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa. ESOS also provides tuition fee protection for international students.
- ESOS Act
- Provider Registration
- Tuition Protection Service
- International Education Agents Data Project
- Schools Compliance
- Information for Students
- Further information
Australia provides rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) and related legislation, which protects and enhances Australia’s reputation for quality education, provides tuition protection and supports the integrity of the student visa program.
ESOS Standards for Education Providers
The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018) sets nationally consistent standards for the delivery of courses to overseas students.
The National Code 2018 commenced on 1 January 2018.
Education institutions must comply with the National Code to maintain their registration to provide education services to international students.
- National Code 2018 Implementation
- National Code 2018 factsheets
- National Code 2017 and Explanatory Guide
The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) Standards outline specific quality requirements for registered providers delivering English language courses to overseas students and are in addition to the National Code requirements.
The Foundation Program Standards are designed to equip international students with the skills and capabilities to seek entry into higher education programs in Australia.
The Department of Education and Training is responsible for the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Only education institutions registered under the ESOS Act and listed on CRICOS can enrol overseas students to study in Australia on a student visa.
The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is a placement and refund service for international students.
- Visit the TPS website for more information.
This Government initiative aims to provide data to institutions on the outcomes achieved by their agents, and to see the majority of agents recognised for their high standards and levels of service.
The ESOS agency for Schools*
Under the ESOS legislation, the Secretary of the Department of Education and Training, is the ESOS agency for schools. The department endeavours to perform the duties in a fair, transparent, efficient and effective way, consistent with the Regulator Performance Framework (see www.cuttingredtape.gov.au).
The ESOS Agency for Schools RPF Report 2017-18 contains the agency's self assessment results against the Performance Metrics for ESOS Regulator (for schools), developed by the department.
Previous reports are available below:
- All feedback should be forwarded to the ESOS compliance mailbox.
The Australian Government is committed to ensuring you have an excellent education experience in Australia.
Our new fact sheet for international students contains important information about their rights and responsibilities while studying in Australia.
This fact sheet gives you information on:
- choosing and enrolling in a course of study
- support services available in Australia
- the rights and responsibilities of students on a student visa
- working in Australia
- making complaints and getting help.
UPDATE: Information for international students enrolled with Brighton Pacific Pty Ltd
This fact sheet provides information for international students who are enrolled with Brighton Pacific Pty Ltd (Brighton Pacific). It brings together advice from a number of Australian Government agencies and other sources.
UPDATE: Information for international students enrolled with Australian Institute of Business and Technology - International (AIBT-I)
This fact sheet provides information for international students who are enrolled with Australian Institute of Business and Technology - International (AITB-I). It brings together advice from a number of Australian Government agencies and other sources.
For more information about studying in Australia visit Study in Australia.