The Federal Government has passed the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) (Registration Charges) Act through parliament with an expectation to see an overall reduction of around $8 million in charges for providers of education for international students.


The registration charges, payable by providers of education for overseas students, have been rebased as part of the Federal 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,” Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris 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.”


The changes will take effect from 2012.