Austrade is responsible for the international marketing and promotion of Australian education and training. Austrade has worked with the international education sector to develop a long-term market development roadmap to enable the sustainable growth of the sector into the future.
Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships and fellowships offering the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia.
The Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) is the national regulator for Australia’s vocational education and training sector. ASQA regulates courses and training providers to ensure nationally approved quality standards are met.
The Federal Register of Legislation (the Legislation Register) is the authorised whole-of-government website for Commonwealth legislation and related documents. It contains the full text and details of the lifecycle of individual laws and the relationships between them.
The Office of the Commonwealth Ombudsman investigates complaints that international students have with private education providers. A private education provider can be a school, college or university in Australia. You can complain about your private education provider if you believe they may not have followed the rules or treated you fairly.
The Department of Education works with the education sector, other government agencies and ministries to ensure Australia is recognised as a regional and world leader in education and a partner of choice for international collaboration. The department provides leadership and coordination across government, delivering programs and policies, to support mobility and the global exchange of knowledge.
Hobart is Tasmania’s capital city and the second oldest capital in Australia, after Sydney. Located at the entrance to the Derwent River, its well-preserved surrounding bushland reaches close to the city centre and beaches line the shores of the river and estuary beyond.
The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act)—and associated legislation—form the ESOS Framework. This is the legal framework for the provision of education services to overseas students, and sets out the registration requirements and the ongoing standards for education providers that offer courses to overseas students.
This contains useful Vocational Education links and resources related to vocational choice for study.
This is the official Australian Government website for international students. Search for courses, institutions and scholarships, read about studying and living in Australia, watch stories from other students, and learn about Australian education.
training.gov.au (TGA) is the official National Register of information on Training Packages, Qualifications, Courses, Units of Competency and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and has been developed for experienced training sector users.
Future Unlimited is the official Australian Government site for studying in Australia. Search for courses, institutions and scholarships, read about studying and living in Australia, watch stories from other students, and learn about Australian education.
General information about living and studying in Australia
- Study in Australia – information about living and studying in Australia: www.studyinaustralia.gov.au
- Study Melbourne – the Study Melbourne Student Centre (SMSC) is a ‘one stop shop’ where international students in Victoria can access a range of free support, information and welfare services: www.studymelbourne.vic.gov.au/help-and-advice/support-services/study-melbourne-student-centre
- Study Sydney – information on studying, living and working in Sydney: http://www.study.sydney/
- Study Queensland – information on studying, living and working in Queensland: http://www.studyqueensland.qld.gov.au/
- Study Adelaide – information on studying, living and working in Adelaide: https://studyadelaide.com/
- Study Perth – information on studying, living and working in Perth: https://www.studyperth.com.au/
- Study NT – information on studying, living and working in Australia’s Northern Territory: http://www.studynt.nt.gov.au/
- Study Tasmania – information on studying and living in Tasmania: http://study.tas.gov.au/
- My Future – career information and resources provided as a joint initiative of the Commonwealth, state and territory governments: https://www.myfuture.edu.au
The legal framework for international students in Australia
- Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) – all the education providers who are registered to teach overseas students in Australia: http://cricos.education.gov.au/
- Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) framework – factsheets about the Education Services for Overseas Students framework: https://internationaleducation.gov.au/regulatory-information/pages/regulatoryinformation.aspx
- Tuition Protection Service – assists international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study: www.tps.gov.au
- Department of Home Affairs – student visa information: http://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Stud
- ISANA International Education Association Inc. – Information and resources for international students about the Education Services for Overseas Students protection framework on http://www.isana.org.au/esosforstudents/
Protecting your human, legal and consumer rights
- Fair Work Ombudsman – takes complaints about work rights and breaches of workplace laws www.fairwork.gov.au/
- Sydney: Redfern Legal Centre International Students Legal Advice Service – http://rlc.org.au/our-services/international-students
- Queensland: Caxton Legal Centre inc. – runs a consumer law service. You can get advice about debts, consumer credit or problems with service providers including your education service provider. https://caxton.org.au/index.html
- Victoria: Consumer Affairs Victoria– provides information for international students about renting in Victoria, and general consumer rights: https://www.consumer.vic.gov.au/internationalstudents
- Australian Competition and Consumer Commission – ensures that individuals and businesses comply with Australian Competition, fair trading, and consumer protection laws: www.accc.gov.au
- Australian Human Rights Commission – promotes and protects human rights in Australia, including rights against sexual discrimination and harassment: www.humanrights.gov.au
Organisations representing international students:
- Australian Federation of International Students (AFIS) – unites international students in Victoria and addresses their interests and needs: www.afis.org.au
- Council for International Students Australia (CISA) – the national peak student representative body for international students studying at postgraduate, undergraduate, private college, TAFE, ELICOS and foundation levels: www.cisa.edu.au
Organisations representing education providers:
- The Australian Council of Private Education and Training – represents quality private education providers in Australia across all education sectors: www.acpet.edu.au
- English Australia is the national peak body for the English language sector of international education in Australia: www.englishaustralia.com.au