As a student studying in Australia, you have certain rights and responsibilities. You will find legal aid and advice at your education provider and through a range of government services.
Australia has legal protection for overseas students studying in Australia. The Commonwealth Government’s Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 governs all education providers’ responsibilities to overseas students studying in Australia.
The ESOS Act and related laws protect international students through:
The ESOS legislation and recent reforms
The National Code
The Overseas Students Ombudsman
The Tuition Protection Service
The ESOS standards cover a range of information you have a right to know about and the services that must be offered to you by Australian education providers. These include:
orientation to help you understand the course and more about the place you are studying, as well as access to support services that can help you study and adjust to life in Australia
the education provider’s contact officer or officers for overseas students
what your provider’s requirements are for satisfactory attendance
what your provider’s requirements are for satisfactory progress in the courses you study and what support is available if you are not progressing well
if you can apply for course credit and the circumstances in which your enrolment can be deferred, suspended or cancelled
a complaints and appeals process.
Your responsibilities as an international student in Australia As an international student on a student visa, you are responsible for:
complying with your student visa conditions
ensuring you have and continue to maintain your Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for as long as you stay in Australia as a student
telling your provider if you change your address or other contact details
meeting the terms of the written agreement with your education provider
meeting the restriction on transfer between registered providers
maintaining satisfactory course progress
maintaining satisfactory attendance where applicable.