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Better regulation, less red tape to boost international education


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education and Training
Leader of the House

The Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, has today introduced new legislation to streamline regulation, remove duplicative requirements and cut red tape for Australia’s international education providers.

Mr Pyne said the Education Services for Overseas Students (Streamlining Regulation) Amendment Bill 2015 removes unnecessary reporting from the ESOS Act while protecting the high quality of Australia’s international education sector.

“International education is Australia’s largest non-resource export and generates an estimated 130,000 jobs throughout the country,” Mr Pyne said.

“The Government is committed to growing our international education sector while ensuring high levels of student protection and quality assurance.

“This Bill removes duplicative regulations and cuts unnecessary red tape to allow our institutions to focus on their core business and be even more competitive in offering world class education.

“The Bill I have introduced today will generate an estimated $76 million a year in deregulatory savings for our education institutions.”

Mr Pyne said the reforms to the ESOS Act will enhance the quality of Australia’s international education institutions and create a more appropriate and efficient regulatory framework.

Mr Pyne said the Government had undertaken extensive consultation and  worked closely with the international education community, peak bodies and national quality assurance agencies in preparing the ESOS reforms.

“This Bill demonstrates the Australian Government’s commitment to cutting red tape while improving Australia’s reputation as a high quality, world class destination for international students.”