Critical incident 20/09/21
Ballarat and Berwick campuses are closed until Thursday 23 September. Click here for more information.


Document Currently Under Review

Current Status: Under Review - With Editor 8 September 2021

ESOS Compliance Framework Policy

Policy Code: CG874


The Commonwealth legislative regulatory framework which establishes the minimum requirements for education programs delivered to onshore international students consists of the ESOS Act 2000, the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018), the ESOS Regulations 2001, the ESOS (Registration Charges) Act 1997 and the Education Services for Overseas Students (TPS Levies) Act 2012.

The purpose of this Policy is to describe how the University will meet these legislative requirements.


The ESOS Act 2000 and associated Acts, apply to all international students studying onshore holding a student visa as a student of the University. This is irrespective of where the program is delivered in Australia.

The ESOS Act does NOT apply to:

  • University programs taught offshore. These are regulated via University Legislation, contractual and where applicable, AQTF requirements.
  • International students holding any other visa than a student visa.
  • Students studying entirely online or by distance learning outside of Australia.
  • DFAT student visa holders.


Term Definition
CUP Centre for University Partnerships
ESOS Act 2000 Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
Onshore International Student A person holding an Australian student visa and is defined as an 'Overseas Student' in the ESOS Act
National Code 2018 The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018.
Partner Provider Educational institution providing programs and courses of the University through an approved Education Agreement.
Teaching Location A University campus or a Partner Provider teaching site

Policy Statement

Procedures have been documented to provide clear instruction on how the policy is to be implemented at the University and at its Partner Provider teaching locations.


ESOS Compliance is a University wide effort, commitment and responsibility.

Pro Vice Chancellor (International and Partnerships) has the overall responsibility for this policy.

Associated Documents


This Policy will be implemented using the following strategies:

  • An Announcement Notice under 'FedNews' and through the University Policy - ‘Recently Approved Documents’ webpage to alert the University-wide community of the approved Procedure.
  • Inclusion on the University Policy, Procedure and Forms website