Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS)


The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act regulates the provision of education to overseas students in Australia. It covers the conduct of providers (universities, colleges, and schools), students and the various government departments involved. The Act became effective on 4 July 2001.

The main purposes of the ESOS Act are to:

  • protect the quality and reputation of Australian education
  • provide consumer protection for overseas students
  • protect the integrity of Australia's student visa system.

Administration of ESOS

The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations administers the ESOS legislative framework. The Department maintains a comprehensive Education Services for Overseas Student (ESOS) (opens in a new window) website. It contains further information on:

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIPB) is another important government department responsible for the administration of ESOS. Its website has a lot of important information in relation to student visa matters (opens in a new window).


Registered providers (opens in a new window) and their courses (opens in a new window) for overseas students are listed in the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) (opens in a new window). Information in CRICOS and PRISMS (Provider Registration and International Students Management System) form the basis of the electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE).

A valid eCOE is necessary to obtain and maintain a student visa. DlaC must be notified of any changes to the original eCOE by an authorised University staff member.

Other Useful Websites:

  • Current and prospective Western Sydney University students should visit the Western Sydney International(opens in new window) website.
  • Study in Australia (opens in a new window) the Australian Government's website for international students, contains important information, including an extensive fact sheet, for student visa holders about living and studying in Australia, including your consumer rights and responsibilities as an international student and key things you should know before and during your stay.
  • The Universities Australia (opens in a new window) (UA) website also provides important guidelines for universities in relation to ESOS.

Information for Western Sydney University Students and Staff

The accompanying webpage, ESOS Information for Western Sydney University Students and Staff (opens in a new window), provides useful information on National Code of Practice and the way Western Sydney University complies with its obligations.

Contact Details

Students and staff can contact the Western Sydney University ESOS Compliance Officer for further information or explanation.