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Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)

Education Services For Overseas Students Framework

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework protects the rights of international students studying in Australia.

Australia provides rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislation, which requires institutions that provide education to international students to meet nationally consistent standards in education delivery, facilities and services. Breaches of the Act are treated seriously and the penalties can be significant.

All institutions wanting to deliver courses to international students in Australia must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and meet special registration conditions.

The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers and the registration of their courses.

The standards set out specifications and procedures to ensure that registered providers of education and training courses can clearly understand and comply with their obligations under the National Code.

Important Information For Students

The Department of Education and Training has released a new fact sheet for international students containing important information about their rights and responsibilities while studying in Australia.

Students can access this fact sheet for 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

International students fact sheet

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