Education Services for Overseas Students


International students in Australia and their parents enjoy a level of service and financial protection that is unrivalled. Australia is firmly committed to providing quality education and training and offers strong assurances to international students. Australia takes its responsibility towards international students so seriously that the regulations for providing education services to these students are set in legislation.

Institutions must be registered with the Australian Government and meet special registration conditions enabling them to deliver courses to international students in Australia. Both public and private institutions must meet high standards of quality and ethical practice which take into account such issues as curriculum, qualifications of teaching staff, and facilities including specialist equipment.

Education Services for Overseas Students ESOS Act 2000

Australia provides the world’s most rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000. This legislation requires institutions that provide education to international students to meet nationally consistent standards in education delivery, facilities and services. It ensures consistency with the standard of education delivered to Australian students.

Tuition and financial assurance for international students is also provided under the Act, so that if an institution is not able to meet its commitments, the student will receive alternative tuition or a refund. It ensures a nationally consistent approach to provider registration and enables the Australian Government to monitor education providers. Breaches of the Act are treated very seriously and the penalties can be significant.

Please visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs for information regarding the following matters:

  • Apply for a student visa
  • Change in visa status
  • Extending your stay
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)
  • Renew your student visa
  • Student visa conditions