A discussion paper, ‘Reform of the ESOS framework’, was released in October 2014 to seek views from international education stakeholders on opportunities to improve the ESOS framework, including the National Code.
In December 2015, changes to the ESOS Act were passed by the Australian Parliament.
The National Code is the next step in the reform process. Formal public consultations on the National Code are expected to commence in the second half of 2016. Key priority areas include:
The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) sets out the legal framework governing delivery of education to international students in Australia on a student visa. The Australian Government, through the Department of Education and Training, administers the ESOS Act and its associated instruments.The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) governs:
In December 2015 changes to the ESOS Act passed by the Australian Parliament removed unnecessary red tape and streamlined the Act with domestic quality assurance frameworks administered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).Three measures in the new legislation came into effect on 14 December 2015 to directly reduce administrative costs for education institutions. For more information see 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:
The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (the National Code) provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers and the registration of their courses.
The standards set out requirements and procedures to ensure providers of education and training courses to international students can clearly understand and comply with their obligations under the National Code.
The 2007 National Code is being reviewed as part of the overall reform of the ESOS framework. Public consultation on a revised National Code is expected in the second half of 2016.
English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) are central to Australia’s international education sector. Students come from overseas to study the English language for a variety of reasons. Some need to improve their English for work or career purposes, some have a personal interest in becoming fluent in English, and some intend to travel. Others may want to continue their education in English, either in Australia or elsewhere, and need to develop the necessary language skills to undertake further study. The ELICOS Standards enhance our reputation as a provider of world class international education and help attract high quality international students to Australia. The ELICOS standards were developed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments in consultation with the ELICOS sector and must be met by all ELICOS providers wanting to be registered on CRICOS.
The ELICOS standards are available pdf 97kb, word301kb
The ELICOS standards are being reviewed as part of the overall reform of the ESOS framework. Formal public consultation on the ELICOS standards is expected in the second half of 2016.
Foundation programs are courses designed for international students to equip them with the skills and capabilities to seek entry into higher education programs in Australia. Generally, foundation programs provide an academic entry pathway to first year undergraduate study or its equivalent.The Foundation Program Standards must be met by all foundation program providers wanting to be registered on CRICOS.