The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) monitor and regulate the higher education sector's involvement with overseas students studying in Australia on Student Visas. Higher educational providers must meet minimum standards set by TEQSA to enable registration under the ESOS (Education Service for Overseas Students) Act. This protects Australia's reputation for delivering quality education services and the interests of overseas students, by setting minimum standards and providing tuition and financial assurance.
The ESOS Act mandates a nationally consistent approach to registering education providers so that the quality of the tuition and care of students remains high. The professionalism and integrity of the industry is further strengthened by the ESOS Act's interface with immigration law. This imposes visa-related reporting requirements on both students and providers.
The National Code is a set of nationally consistent standards that govern the protection of overseas students and delivery of courses to those students by providers and registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). ESOS Framework
Higher educational providers in Australia must be registered to enrol overseas students in specific courses. Registered providers have a CRICOS (Commonwealth Register of Institutions for Overseas Students) code and a specific CRICOS course code. This registration guarantees the provider and the course meet the high standards necessary for overseas students. Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students
Tuition Protection Service
Recent changes to the ESOS Act have further strengthened protections for international students through the introduction of the Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS). The TPS is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees. Visit the TPS website for more information.
National Code 2007
The National Code 2007 is divided into four parts:
- Part A includes the description of its role in the ESOS legislative framework and its purpose and objectives
- Part B outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Australian and State and Territory Governments which share the responsibility for implementing the Code.
- Part C explains the CRICOS registration process including provider's requirements and obligations.
SCU University Policies and Procedures
The University has also developed the following procedures to support students and as required by the ESOS National Code 2007:
- Standard 5: Accommodation and Welfare for Under 18 Students Procedures
- Standard 6: Emergency and Critical Incident Management Plan
- Standard 7: Student Transfer Procedures
- Standard 9: Enrolment Load and Course Duration Procedures
- Standard 10: Course Progress and Intervention Strategy Procedures
- Standard 13: Enrolment Deferment, Suspension, or Cancellation Procedures