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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of Education and Training endeavors 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 www.cuttingredtape.gov.au).
Its regulatory activities will be assessed against the Performance Metrics for ESOS Regulator (for Schools)and the results will be published on internationaleducation.gov.au after June 2016.
*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.