International Students

Study in Australia

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Australian Education International (AEI)

AEI is the international arm of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). AEI leads strategic policy, regulation and government-to-government engagement in the international education sector. Visit

Monthly summaries of international student enrolment data are provided by AEI here >>

IDP Education

IDP Education is owned by 38 Australian universities and SEEK job site. IDP has over 40 years experience in student placement services with 76 offices in 24 countries, including 6 offices in Australia - Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney (2 offices). Visit

TAFE Australia - public training provider

The Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) system is a government-owned and nationally operated system of colleges known as public Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) offering qualifications that are recognized and transferable internationally. The focus in TAFE is on hands-on, practical training courses that have been developed in consultation with business and industry to ensure the skills are relevant and in demand. >>

ACPET - private training providers

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is the national industry association for independent providers of vocational education and training (VET) for Australian and international students.

Compare overseas and Australian qualifications

Australian Education International (AEI), through the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR), provides official information and advice on the comparability of overseas education qualifications with Australian qualifications. This aims to help overseas qualified people work and study in Australia. View AEI website:

Educational assessments can take up to 3 months and a fee is charged.
More information >>

1. How to apply online:
Details here >>

2. How to apply by post:
Send your documents and application fee to:
International Education Group
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
GPO Box 1407

Documents you must send and application fees here >>

3. Apply to an Australian State

The legal framework governing International Students

1. The Law: Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 20001

International education services are governed by the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 20001. The Act has been amended several times to provide an integrated regulatory framework including consumer protection (tuition fees), education quality and student support services.

Amendments to the ESOS Act made in 2010 required all international education providers to re-register under tighter new regulatory criteria by December 2010, and to publish a list of education agents operating on their behalf, to ensure greater transparency and accountability of education agents on- and off-shore. More information can be found at

1.1 ESOS ACT Review - Baird Report
The above amendments resulted from the August 2009 ESOS Act Review. On 9 March 2010, the Australian Government released the report titled Stronger, simpler, smarter ESOS: supporting international students and agreed to begin work to implement some of the recommendations immediately. Read report >>

2. The Regulation:

3. The National Code of Practice 2007
The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students is a set of nationally consistent standards that governs the protection of overseas students and delivery of courses to those students by providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Only CRICOS courses can be offered to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.

The National Code is established under the ESOS Act 2000. To become CRICOS-registered a provider must demonstrate that it complies with the requirements of the National Code. The National Code is a legislative instrument. It is legally enforceable and breaches of the National Code by providers can result in enforcement action under the ESOS Act. This action can include the imposition of conditions on registration or suspension or cancellation of registration.

The National Code complements existing national quality assurance frameworks in education and training including the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) for registered training providers (RTOs) offering vocational courses and the National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes (for universities and institutions offering higher education qualifications).

The National Code 2007 is divided into four parts:
Part A includes a description of its role in the ESOS legislative framework and its purpose and objectives.
Part B outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Australian and State and Territory Governments which share the responsibility for implementing the Code.
Part C explains the CRICOS registration process including providers’ requirements and obligations.
Part D provides 15 standards that providers must meet in their interactions with international students and they are grouped under relevant topics:

  • Pre-enrolment engagement of students (Standards 1-4)
  • Care for and services to students (Standards 5-6)
  • Students as consumers (Standards 7-8)
  • The student visa programme (Standards 9-13)
  • Staff, educational resources and premises (Standards 14-15).

View the Code >>

3.1 National Code Explanatory Guide

The National Code 2007 Explanatory Guide is a comprehensive and nationally consistent source of advice and assistance to education providers on the implementation of the National Code 2007. More information >>
Explanatory details here >>

Skilled Occupations List 2011

The Skilled Occupations List (SOL) is compiled annually by Skills Australia and is used for independent general skilled migration purposes. View list >>

More information about settling in Australia is available from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship at

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