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International transfer of provider policy

All International students are required to complete six months of their principal course of study (highest qualification level). The principal course of study refers to the main course of study to be undertaken by an overseas student where a student visa has been issued for multiple courses of study. The principal course of study would normally be the final course of study where the overseas student arrives in Australia with a visa that covers multiple courses. In these instances a student would have more than one Confirmation of Enrolment.

Six months starts on the first study day of the student’s principal course as outlined on the Confirmation of Enrolment.

Under Standard 7 of the Code, providers may not enrol transferring students prior to the student completing six months in their principal course, except where:

a) the original provider or course has ceased to be registered; or

b) the student’s government sponsor supports the change; or

c) the original provider has sanctions imposed on their registration; or

d) the original provider has provided a letter of release.

Releasing a student to transfer to another education provider

A Letter of Release is required where a student has not completed six months of their principal course and the student officially requests to transfer registered providers.

TAFE South Australia International Unit will assess the request when the following documentation is provided:

  • a written request for the transfer from the student, stating reasons for the request
  • a valid enrolment offer from the receiving provider.

A letter of release, if granted, is issued at no cost to the student. The student is advised to contact DIBP to seek advice on whether a new student visa is required. Any costs associated with a new student visa (if required) will be paid by the student.

Any refund due as a result of a release will be made in accordance with the TAFE South Australia International Refund Policy.

Approval is not automatic and will be subject to approval/non-approval by the delegated officer for TAFE South Australia.

Requests for transfer within the restricted period (six months) may be refused under the following circumstances:

  • Basis of request is not considered exceptional circumstances relating to the welfare of the student
  • Student’s fees are still outstanding
  • Student is currently in a complaints and resolution process for unsatisfactory progress or for not meeting course attendance requirements
  • Student has been legally charged for misbehaviour, including sexual harassment charges
  • Student has caused severe damage to TAFE SA property
  • Student is under police investigation
  • Student has breached a student visa condition(s) and has been reported on PRISMS
  • The transfer may jeopardise the student’s progression through a package of courses
  • Valid offer letter from another provider has not been received
  • Transfer perceived as detrimental to student
  • If the transfer request is based on a change of program and the said program is also offered at TAFE South Australia
  • Student has simply ‘changed their mind’
  • Issues such as living a long distance away from campus and travel difficulties
  • Student has not utilised TAFE SA’s support services or academic resources and assistance
  • Student is experiencing difficulties adjusting to Adelaide life and the demands of academic work at TAFE SA without having exhausted all of TAFE SA’s student support services.

When TAFE South Australia International does not issue a Letter of Release the student will be provided with written reasons for refusing the request and will be informed of their right to appeal the decision in accordance with Standard 8 of the National Code 2007. Refer to the TAFE South Australia Complaints and Appeals Policy.

TAFE South Australia accepting a student from another education provider

TAFE South Australia will not enrol students transferring from another provider prior to the student completing six months of their principle program of study unless the following circumstances apply:

a) the original provider or course has ceased to be registered; or

b) the student’s government sponsor supports the change; or

c) the original provider has sanctions imposed on their registration; or

d) the original provider has provided a Letter of Release.

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