The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act), is designed to provide rigorous protection for international students to protect and enhance Australia’s reputation for quality education, provide tuition protection and support the integrity of the student visa program. Under the ESOS Act,a National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (the Code) has been established to provide nationally consistent Standards for the conduct of registered providers and the registration of their courses.
Charles Sturt University offers a variety of The Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registered courses through its regional campuses as well as Study Centre locations in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.
Our mission for ESOS compliance at Charles Sturt University is to ensure compliance with all aspects of the ESOS Act and the Code to help provide the best quality education experience for all our international students.
All Charles Sturt University staff who interact with international students must be aware of their obligations under the Code and the ESOS Act. There are also specific areas of the University which are involved in ESOS compliance including the Offices and Division that operate the first line of defence controls, Internal Audit who perform the second line of defence function and the third line of defence is conducted by an external party as required.
The main Offices and Divisions involved in ESOS compliance are Division of Student Administration, Division of Student Service, Office of Global Engagement and Partnerships and Division of Marketing and Communication.
Internal Audit has documented the controls that these Offices and Divisions have in place to ensure compliance with each Standard in the Code. On an annual basis Internal Audit conduct an update and assessment of the design and operating effectiveness of these controls and, in line with the Code, an external review is conducted no more than 18 months prior to registration.
The International Operations and Compliance Committee (IOCC) has been established as the main forum for ESOS related issues to be monitored, discussed and addressed. Working groups and a Steering Committee have also been established to manage the partnerships and the University has a representative on the NSW/ACT ESOS Reference Group.
Further information on ESOS Compliance can be obtained by contacting the Manager, Compliance and Policy for the Division of Student Administration on 02 6933 4988 or email email@example.com.