The National Code is a set of nationally consistent standards that governs the protection of international students and delivery of courses to those students by providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).
Only CRICOS courses can be offered to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.
The National Code is being reviewed as part of the overall reform of the ESOS framework. Formal public consultations on the National Code are expected to commence in the second half of 2016.
The National Code is established under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). To become CRICOS registered, a provider must demonstrate that it complies with the requirements of the National Code. The National Code is a legislative instrument. It is legally enforceable and breaches of the National Code by providers can result in enforcement action under the ESOS Act. This action can include the imposition of conditions on registration or suspension or cancellation of registration.
The National Code complements existing national quality assurance frameworks in education and training including the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011(NVETR Act) (for registered vocational education and training providers offering these courses) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) (for institutions offering higher education qualifications).
The National Code 2007 (pdf 857kb rtf 525.81kb) is divided into four parts:
National Code 2007 Explanatory Guide
The National Code 2007 Explanatory Guide provides assistance to education providers.
It is an electronic publication only.
The Explanatory Guide mirrors the National Code structure of Parts A, B, C and D, placing particular emphasis on the 15 standards in Part D, which cover:
Sections of the Guide are highlighted in colour-coded boxes:
The National Code 2007 Explanatory Guide is designed to help providers ensure ongoing compliance with the National Code in day to day operations. Providers should note that compliance will be measured against the requirements of the National Code 2007, not against the Explanatory Guide.