As one of our authorized agents, it's important you understand your responsibilities and the correct procedures.
Education Services for Overseas Students Legislative Framework (ESOS)
SIIT/ APEI is a registered dual-sector provider which offers education services to international students. In order for us to provide education and training services to overseas students, we must comply with the rules and regulations of the Federal Government, TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency) and ASQA (Australian Skills Quality Authority).
This Legislative Framework includes:
ESOS Charges and Levies Acts
The ESOS Act requires SIIT/ APEI to maintain a current list of authorised agents.
ESOS requires agents (but not limited to):
- Refer students who genuinely intend to be temporary entrants to Australia for the purpose of achieving successful education outcomes at SIIT/ APEI and who then plan to utilise the skills gained through study in Australia to return home (or to an alternate country) to gain employment
- Ensure students receive accurate and current information about SIIT/ APEI, including campus locations, facilities, entrance requirements, information about the SIIT/ APEI course, and tuition fees
- Ensure students receive information about living in Australia, the local environment, costs of living and accommodation options
- Ensure that the SIIT/ APEI course is right for your client based on your client’s experience, English level and previous qualifications including information on content, duration, qualifications, tuition fees and payment/refund policies
- Ensure students are aware of the conditions of their student visas and ensure they comply with these conditions
- Do not engage in dishonest practices and not providing immigration advice where not qualified to do so
Agents Must Not:
- Engage in dishonest practices including counselling students that they can arrive in Australia on a student visa with a primary purpose other than that of study
- Identify students who do not comply with visa conditions yet still proceed with sending an application to SIIT/ APEI
- Engage in false or misleading marketing/advertising or recruitment practices
- Provide false or inaccurate information about a course at SIIT/ APEI
- Provide false or inaccurate information about employment or migration outcomes associated with an SIIT/ APEI course
- Commit to/guarantee a student that SIIT/ APEI will accept a prospective student into a course at SIIT/ APEI
- Advertise or market SIIT/ APEI in any way without prior consent from SIIT/ APEI Marketing Team
SIIT/ APEI Marketing Team recommends that authorised agents visit the Department of Home Affairs’s (DHA) website for updates and visa enquiries.