Education Services for Overseas Students Legislative Framework (ESOS)

TAFE SA offers ELICOS, VET and higher education courses to overseas students. To provide education and training services to international students TAFE SA must comply with rules and regulations required by the Federal Government and the National Regulators ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority) and TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency).

The ESOS Framework incorporates the:

The ESOS Framework has been designed to establish and maintain national standards for the provision of education and training services. The legislation aims to protect international students and guarantee quality education. It also enables the Department of Education and Training to take action against providers who are found in breach of their obligations. Please see the ESOS Framework Student Fact Sheet for more information including the rights and responsibilities of international students.

This Framework relates only to students who are enrolled in an onshore program and remain in Australia on a Student Visa. It does not apply to students undertaking offshore programs or remaining in Australia on a temporary visa other than a Student Visa.

Tuition Protection Service (TPS)

The Tuition Protection Service (TPS) provides support to international students should the education provider be unable to deliver a course a student has paid for and does not meet their obligations to either offer an acceptable alternative course or pay a refund of unspent prepaid tuition fees. The TPS will assist in finding an alternative course or to get a refund if a suitable alternative is not found. For more information see the TPS Website.