Recent changes to ESOS

Changes to the legislative framework for overseas students

The Parliament recently passed changes to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act), streamlining the legislative framework for overseas students.
These amendments streamline regulation, remove duplicative requirements and cut red tape in the ESOS framework, without compromising Australia’s strong student protections or our reputation as a world class destination for international students. The changes free up education institutions to invest in quality and innovative teaching and learning, so they can become even more competitive globally. They also give students, or the person paying tuition fees on their behalf, more flexibility to manage their tuition payments.
Three measures in the new legislation came into effect on 14 December 2015 to directly reduce administrative costs for education institutions. Please click here for fact sheets outlining the changes to:
Other changes that simplify registration and regulatory processes take effect from 1 July 2016 and can be found here: