Australia

Overview

With over 1,200 schools and over 22,000 courses to choose from, Australia provides a varied choice of education possibilities for overseas students. From basic and secondary school to vocational education and training (VET), English language courses, and higher education, you can study at all levels (including universities). And, regardless of what you’re studying or for how long you’re studying, Australia’s laws support quality education and foreign student protection. The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 (opens in a new window) and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (opens in a new window) for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (opens in a new window) for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (opens in a new window) for (National Code).

You must study with an institution and in a course that is listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students as an international student on a student visa (CRICOS). CRICOS registration ensures that the course you’re taking and the institution where you’re studying satisfy the high expectations of international students. On the Study in Australia page, you can look for courses and institutions. There are also regulatory and quality assurance organizations for higher education and VET institutions, in addition to the ESOS Act and National Code. These government agencies are in charge of institution registration and re-registration, as well as course accreditation and re-accreditation. These are the organizations:

So, whichever course you choose to take, how long you want to study for, or where you want to study, you can be confident that you will have a high-quality and rewarding learning experience in Australia.

 

Quality Assurance

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s national regulatory and quality agency for higher education (opens in a new window). The Australian Government formed it to monitor and regulate the quality of university and non-university higher education providers against a set of criteria developed by the independent Higher Education Standards Panel.

In addition, the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act protects the following student rights:

  • The wellbeing of all international students.
  • The quality of students’ education experience.
  • The provision of up-to-date and accurate information.