The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) is an Australian Government Act that controls the delivery of international education in Australia. The ESOS Act 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.
Standard 6.7 of the National Code of Practice for Registered Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (The National Code 2007) requires ACS to ensure that staff members who interact directly with international students be aware of ACS's obligations under the ESOS 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 National Code 2007
The National Code 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.
Which types of international students are covered by ESOS?
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 Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
DIBP has produced an Easy Guide to ESOS and a National Code Explanatory Guide, which provide further details in relation to the ESOS Framework and the National Code.