Government’s 2nd phase response to the Baird Review

23 September 2011
On 22 September 2011, legislation was introduced into the House of Representative to amend the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 as part of the
Government’s second phase response to the Baird Review recommendations.

The package of three Bills provides for the establishment of a new Tuition Protection Service (TPS) as a single mechanism to place students when a provider cannot meet its obligations, or as a last resort, to provide refunds of unexpended course monies.

To support the TPS the Bill also introduces a series of complementary initiatives including:

  • limiting the amount of pre-paid course fees that may be collected by providers;
  • a requirement on some providers to keep initial pre-paid fees in a separate account until a student commences study;
  • strengthening record-keeping obligations; and
  • establishing a national registration system which will allow the registration of providers who operate across jurisdictions.
  • The introduction of these Bills follows the rebasing of the Annual Registration Charge which passed Parliament last week.

    Further information on the Baird Review of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000.