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ESOS National Code

The National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (the National Code) provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers and the registration of their courses. The standards set out specifications and procedures to ensure that registered providers of education and training courses can clearly understand and comply with their obligations under the National Code.

Transfer between registered providers

According to theESOS national code,under Standard 7the transfer between registered providers is explained rigorously. Student needs a release when transferring  between education providers

When is a release letter not required?

  • If a student has completed the first 6 months of his or her principal course they can transfer without any restrictions
  • If they have decided to withdraw from the education provider and return to home country (evidence of departure from Australia should be provided).

What is  a Principal course?

This is the highest level of study for which the student visa has been issued. For example, A visa been issued for the duration of an ELICOS of 5 weeks and undergraduate program of 3 years, the principal course is the Undergraduate program. If a student is in a package program (Diploma+ bachelors) The Bachelors program becomes the principal course.

When is a release request approved?**

  • When a CRICOS registration of an education provider is suspended
  • When a student fails to meet the entry requirements/conditions of the main provider of a packaged course
  • When a government sponsor considers the transfer as the the best interest int he student
  • When a student provides strong evidence for compassionate and/or compelling circumstances. This refers to the sudden change of circumstances which could affect the studies in Australia.: Such as Illness of a student or illness/Death of a immediate family member.

When is a release request refused?**

  • When the transfer clashes with student’s goals (Transferring to a different sector or lower level – Ex: Degree–> Diploma)
  • Change to a low cost course
  • Distance of the campus and the student’s accommodation
  • Financial difficulty (unless, proved as sudden and unexpected)
  • The need to work
  • When a break is requested by the student to visit family
  • Homesickness is not a valid reason, as every student experiences this to a certain extent
  • When the student has outstanding debts (Ex:Fees) to the university
  • When the first six months of the principal course is not completed

**These are the most common reasons and may differ based on different policies of  each education provider.