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ESOS legislation to reduce charges for the international education sector

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

Providers of education to overseas students will see their annual registration charges reduced with amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) (Registration Charges) Act passing through the Parliament today.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the passage of the Bill which will result in an overall reduction of around $8 million in charges for the international education sector.

The registration charges, payable by providers of education to overseas students, have been rebased as part of the Australian Government’s response to the Baird Review of the legislative framework that governs the international education sector in Australia.

“These amendments address recommendations for regulators to adopt a risk assessment and management approach to the registration and ongoing monitoring of education providers that deliver courses to international students,” Senator Evans said.

“It will see an annual registration charge reduced for many existing international education providers registered on the Commonwealth Register for Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). The new charges will be based on an assessment of the risk posed by individual international education providers.”

Senator Evans said the amendments were consistent with recommendations of the Baird Review and follows passage of the Australian Government’s first phase response to the Baird Review in March 2011.

The rebased registration charges will come into effect from 2012.

Further information can be found at www.aei.gov.au.