The detailed information on ESOS framework is available on this web link:

The ESOS legislative framework is designed to ensure that Australia’s reputation for delivering quality education services is maintained and that the interests of overseas students are protected. It sets minimum standards and provides tuition and financial assurance. Together with Australian immigration law, the ESOS framework also imposes visa related reporting requirements on both students and educational institutions.

ESOS related information and definitions:

Who is an International Student?

Student, other than Australian resident/citizen or a New Zealand citizen, who is enrolled in any course of study, is an international student.

Does the ESOS framework apply to all International Students?

Yes, it applies only to those International Students who have Student Visas. The ESOS Act refers to these students as Overseas Students.

Can International Students study part-time?

Yes, if their visa condition permits, they may study part-time. Normally an international student holding a Student Visa is required to study full time (minimum 20 contact hours a week). International students must complete their course as per the duration shown on the conformation of enrolment (CoE), unless certain circumstances apply (see Student Visa conditions at 

School-aged dependents

If you are bringing children aged between five and 18 years old with you to Australia under a dependent on student visa, as part of the condition of this visa, they will be required to attend school full-time. You need to be aware of schooling obligations and options for school-aged children, and understand that you may be required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in either a government or non-government school.

They are not required to attend CRICOS-registered schools because dependants are not student visa holders.

Student visa conditions:

If the holder of a Student Visa does not comply with his or her visa conditions, the student visa may be cancelled and he or she may have to leave Australia.

A full list of conditions is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website 

Pre-enrolment information

Standard 2 of the National Code requires EAA to give students detailed information about their course and about studying at EAA to enable  the student to make an informed decision before enrolling in any of our course.

Satisfactory course progress

The National Code requires EAA to have monitoirng course progress and an Intervention Strategy to identify and assist students at risk of not meeting their course progress requirements. Deatiled policies are available under the Imp[ortant policies section of this website.

Completion within the expected duration of study

Standard 9 of the National Code requires EAA to ensure that, at all times, Student Visa holders are in a position to complete their studies within the duration specified in their CoE, unless certain circumstances apply.

If a Student Visa holder completes his or her course early, EAA must report this through PRISMS to DET and advice student to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), Phone 131881, and the duration of the student’s visa will be reduced accordingly.

Mode of study

The National Code permits Student Visa holders to enrol in a limited amount of distance/online learning. No more than 25% of their entire course may be studied in distance/online mode.

Change of course/provider

If a Student Visa holder intends to transfer to another Institute within the first six months of their principal course, his or her request will be assessed as per  college policy based on Standard 7 of the National Code. Student contact officer may be contacted for further advice.

Complaints and appeals

International Students have access to EAA’s Complaints and Appeals Policy in accordance with Standard 8 of the National Code.

Deferring, suspending or cancelling study

Any deferment, suspension or cancellation of a Student Visa holder’s enrolment may have an effect on his/her visa. It is important that he/she seeks expert advice or contact DIBP for advice before taking any action. EAA has detailed policy on the above, in accordance with standard 13 of the National Code.

Course Credit

If a Student Visa holder is granted course credit, after the enrolment resulting in a shortening of the course, EAA will amend the CoE to reflect true duration of the course through PRISMS and the student will be advised to visit DIBP office.

Under 18 students

Currently EAA does not enrol students under 18.