Australia has a reputation as a safe, progressive and dynamic place to study, and this reputation is maintained by providing quality education and consumer protection specifically developed for overseas students. The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 and associated legislation is the legal framework governing the responsibility of education institutions towards overseas students. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include:
1. The Education for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000
2. The Education for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2000
3. The National Code 2007 - which provides national standards for the conduct of the registered providers and the registration of their courses
The ESOS framework benefits two particular groups:
1. It protects overseas students coming to Australia on student visas. It does not cover overseas students on other kinds of visas, nor does it cover students studying at Australian institutions based in other countries.
2. It sets out clear roles and responsibilities for education institutions wanting to teach overseas students.
The ESOS framework supports the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) by reinforcing students' obligations under their student visas, and requiring institutions to monitor students' compliance with their visa obligations. The University takes its ESOS obligations seriously, and endeavours to deliver educational services of the highest academic standard and to promote them in the most ethical manner possible. It monitors students' compliance with their visa conditions and reports to the Federal government wherever a student breaches their obligations.
For more information please visit the Australian Government ESOS legislative framework website.
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