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.

The Australian Government invites all international education stakeholders and interested parties to comment on a consultation draft of a revised National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code). The consultation draft, summary of changes and submission template are available at

Policy and Legislation

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.

Provider Registration

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.

Tuition Protection Service

The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) is a placement and refund service for international students.
Visit the TPS website for more information.


The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code) sets nationally consistent standards for the delivery of courses to overseas students.
Education institutions must comply with the National Code to maintain their registration to provide education services to international students.

Further information

Further information, including links and resources related to the ESOS legislative framework can be found here.

Information for students

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.


For more information about studying in Australia visit Study in Australia.

Schools Compliance

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 principles and requirements of the newly introduced Regulator Performance Framework (see
The Department has assessed the agency’s regulatory activities in the 2015-16 financial year against the Performance Metrics for ESOS Regulator (for Schools) and the ESOS Agency for Schools RPF Report 2015-16 contains the assessment results.
*Including a small number of dual sector (school and higher education or school and VET) and multi sector (school, higher education and VET) providers.

All feedback should be forwarded to the ESOS compliance mailbox.