Earlier this month, NEAS was pleased to provide a response to the Australian Government’s discussion paper on ‘Improving regulation of supplementary courses for overseas students’. The paper sought industry stakeholder feedback on changes proposed by the Government to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). NEAS canvassed both its Board of Directors and Advisory Council on the proposed changes, gaining valuable input across multiple institutions, diverse regional areas and professional backgrounds.
NEAS’ collective feedback outlines the potential benefits and risks that the proposals pose to the ELICOS and Foundation Studies sectors, and international students in particular. At the heart of NEAS’ submission is the recognition that whilst expanding the courses available to international students provides new opportunities for both students and providers, the unique needs and characteristics of international students need to be safeguarded through comprehensive quality measures and assurance. As an independent, non-government quality assurance expert, NEAS offers the specialist expertise to ensure that the interests of all stakeholders are protected and international students receive the quality courses and support they deserve
NEAS welcomes the Australian Government’s commitment to supporting and protecting overseas students. We will keep you updated via our social media pages on any outcomes of the proposed changes