Education Services for Overseas Students Legislative (ESOS) Legislative Framework

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Framework has been established to protect overseas students coming to Australia on student visas and sets out roles and responsibilities for education institutions wanting to teach overseas students.

TAFE South Australia is a registered Vocational Education Training (VET) provider that offers education services to overseas students. To provide education and training services to international students TAFE South Australia must comply with these 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 Legislative Framework includes the following:

  • ESOS Act 2000 
  • ESOS Regulations and Legislative Instruments
  • ESOS Charges and Levies Acts
  • The National Code 2007

The Legislative Framework relates only to students who are enrolled in an onshore program and remain in Australia on a Student Visa. This Legislation 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) is an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students to complete their studies with another education provider or receive a refund of fees in the unlikely event that their education provider is unable to fully deliver their course of study.