Given the substantial number of international students at Griffith University, it is extremely important that all University staff are aware of the requirements of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act and the National Code 2007. The National Code is legally enforceable, and breaches of the National Code by providers can result in enforcement action under the Act.
This legislation governs institutional responsibilities for education and training of international students, and particularly registration of programs under the Education (Overseas Students) Act 1996 (PDF 87k) and the criteria and obligations under the Education (Overseas Students) Regulations 1998 (PDF 363k).
The Education Services for Overseas Students legislative framework (PDF 37k) is designed to ensure Australia's reputation for delivering quality education services is maintained and the interests of international students are protected.
It imposes obligations on registered education providers and enables the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to monitor compliance and take enforcement action where appropriate.
The Act, Regulations and Standards only apply to international students holding Australian student visas. This does not apply to:
- students studying offshore
- students holding dependent student visas (maximum 3 months study allowed on this visa, any longer than 3 months must have student visa in own right)
- exchange students
- students holding AusAID and approved Commonwealth scholarships