ICEF Monitor – Amendments to ESOS Act progressing through Australian parliament
20 Nov 2015
The Australian government continues to move on streamlining regulations in the international education sector, where in July of this year, Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne introduced a wide-ranging series of amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students(ESOS) Act.
In broad terms, the ESOS bill aims to:
- Formalise and streamline quality assurance systems, including the efforts of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA);
- Establish a clear enforcement mechanism for the enforcement of ELICOS standards;
- Reduce the administrative reporting requirements of Australian education providers;
- Remove a cap that prevents providers from collecting more than 50% of tuition fees in advance of the student’s programmed start – rather, students or agents will be able to request to pay more;
- Remove a requirement that institutions hold advance tuition fees in trust in a designated bank account.
“Read the full article on ICEF Monitor” – Source: http://monitor.icef.com/2015/11/amendments-to-esos-act-progressing-through-australian-parliament/