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Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)

The ESOS framework

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Legislative Framework is designed to ensure that Australia's reputation for delivering quality education services is maintained and that the interests of overseas students are protected. It sets minimum standards and provides tuition and financial assurance. Together with Australian immigration law, the ESOS Legislative Framework also imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and educational institutions.

The ESOS Act 2000 is an Australian Government Act that controls the delivery of international education in Australia that was introduced to provide a legislative framework to ensure the quality of programs and services provided to international students and to ensure that the rights of international students are protected.

The National Code 2007 of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (The National Code 2007) is part of the ESOS legislative framework and it provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers of international education and the registration of their courses.

Standard 6 of The National Code 2007 requires Curtin to ensure that staff members who interact directly with international students be aware of Curtin's obligations under the ESOS Legislative Framework and the potential implications for students arising from the exercise of these obligations. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) is responsible for administering the ESOS Act and its associated instruments.

The ESOS Act only applies to international students studying in Australia on a student visa. It is not applicable to students who are studying in an offshore location who are not studying under a student visa as issued by the DIBP.

DIBP has produced an Easy Guide to ESOS and a National Code Explanatory Guide that provide further details in relation to the ESOS Legislative Framework and The National Code 2007.