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ESOS Framework

Wednesday 08-20-2014

ESOS information


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. Standard 6.7 of the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 requires SIA to ensure that staff members who interact directly with students are aware of SIA's obligations under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework and the potential implications for students arising from the exercise of these obligations.


Contents

1.  The ESOS framework

2.  Completion within the expected duration of study

3.  Mode of study

4.  Change of course

5.  Deferring, suspending or cancelling study

6.  Course credit

7.  Definitions


1. The ESOS framework

The ESOS legislative framework is designed to ensure that Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services is maintained and that the interestsof overseas students are protected. It sets minimum standards and provides tuition and financial assurance. Together with Australian immigration law, theESOS framework also imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and educational institutions. For further information, please visitthe Australian Education International at https://aei.gov.au/regulatory-information/pages/regulatoryinformation.aspx

What is an International Student?

If a student is not an Australian citizen or permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen, then they are considered as International Students.

Does the ESOS framework apply to all InternationalStudents?

The ESOS framework only applies to those International Students who have Student Visas. The ESOS Act refers to these students as Overseas Students.

Can International Students study part-time?

  International Students must be enrolled in a full-timeregistered program.

  International Students must complete their study within the expected program duration.

  International students may only study a reduced workload when they only have a few courses left to complete and these do not constitute a full-time load.


2. Completion within the expected duration of study

Standard 9 of the National Code requires SIA to ensure that, at all times, Student Visa holders are in a position to complete their studies within the duration specified in their CoE, unless certain circumstances apply. If a Student Visa holder chooses to study at less than a 100 per cent load in a particular teaching period, they will have to make sure that they can still complete yourcourse in time.

Ifa Student Visa holder completes their course early, SIA must report this to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), and the duration of thestudent's visa will most likely be reduced.


3. Mode of study

The National Code permits Student Visa holders to enroll in a limited amount of distance/online learning. No more than 25% of their entire course may bestudied in distance/online mode, and they must study at least one unit face-to-face in each compulsory teaching period.


4. Change of course

If an International Student changes course he/she should contact the Administration Officer as he/she may require paying a different tuition fee.Students who change course will be asked to sign a new Acceptance of Offer and will be issued a new CoE.

Ifa Student Visa holder intends to transfer to another Institute within the first six months of their final course at SIA, their request will be assessed usingthe criteria in SIA’s Student Transfer Request assessment policy and procedure,which is available from the Reception.


5. Deferring, suspending or cancelling study

Any deferment, suspension or cancellation of a Student Visa holder's enrolment may have an effect on their visa, and it is important that they contact DIBP for advice before taking any action.


6. Course credit

If a Student Visa holder is granted course credit, and this results in a shortening of course, SIA will report his/her new expected course duration toDIBP, who may then reduce his/her visa duration.


7. Definitions

ESOS Framework: the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Acts and regulations set out the legal framework governing delivery of education to Student Visa holders.

National Code: the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007. The National Code provides standards and procedures those institutions, which provide education to Student Visa holders must adhere to.

CoE: the Confirmation of Enrolment or CoE is a document that SIA creates on PRISMS for a prospective Student Visa holder when the student has signed their Acceptance of Offer. The student uses the CoE as proof of enrolment when applying for their Student Visa.

Enroll: the words "enrolled" and "enrolment"are used in the ESOS Framework in the broad sense to mean that a student is undertaking a course.