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Have your say- Proposed changes to ELICOS standards

Monday, July 24 2017

The Australian Government Department of Education and Training (DET) is seeking comment on a revised ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) Standards consultation draft.

Proposed revisions are designed to aim to ensure nationally consistent standards are applied to English language courses for student visa holders across all sectors of delivery, strengthen the regulation of intensive English language courses and improve the quality of education support offered to students.

The proposed definition of the ELICOS standards would mean they would apply to all courses provided to overseas students as defined in the ESOS Act that are solely or predominantly of English language instruction. This may include vocational education and training (VET) courses.

Other changes will clarify requirements regarding course applications, syllabus, the needs of younger students, assessment, and the suitability of rooms and equipment. Amendments will also update references to ensure the standards align with changes to the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act made in 2015.

The consultation period will be open for four weeks, closing COB Friday 11 August.

All submissions must be made using an online form. The consultation draft and online form will be available here.

Please also read the summary of proposed changes available here.

While ACPET will be making a submission, interested members are encouraged to make an individual submission to the consultations.

For more information please contact ACPET’s International Engagement Manager Paula Johnston.


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