Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000
The ESOS Act 2000 sets the guidelines and responsponsibilities of educational providers to overseas students and requires compliance with the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training for Overseas Students 2007 (National Code).
The ESOS framework benefits two particular groups:
- Overseas students coming to Australia
on student visas, and
- Education institutions wanting to teach overseas students.
The ESOS Legislative Framework website is a very useful guide.
The National Code
The National Code is a set of 15 standards that protects overseas students and governs delivery of courses to these students by proficers on the CRICOS Register.
Only CRICOS registered courses can be offered to international students studying in Australia on student visas.
The National Code is divided into four parts:
- Part A includes a 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 providers' requirements and obligations.
- Part D provides 15 standards that providers must meet in their interactions with international students.
The next external ESOS Audit is due by 30 June 2017.
Compliance with the National Code by registered providers which are self-accrediting, is assessed through an annual declaration of conformity with the National Code and, once every five years, an independent external audit report.
These standards apply to SCU in delivering The English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS ) courses, in addition to National Code requirements. (eg. 'Intensive' is a minimum of 20 hours face-to-face instruction)