Overseas Students: Extortion Attempts and What They Mean for Schools

With recent kidnaps and extortions of overseas students recently in the news, it is important for schools to understand how to manage critical incidents involving overseas students. Schools must take account of their special vulnerability in terms of trauma, especially the school’s responsibility for missing students, and have policies and procedures in place to protect them.

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Effectively Managing Risk for Overseas Students

Overseas Students are governed by the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (the National Code). Compliance with the 2018 National Code, which took effect on 1 January 2018, is mandatory for all schools that provide education to overseas students as part of their CRICOS registration requirements. This article outlines the most important risks that arise when your school provides education for overseas students under the National Code, and information on how to manage them.

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New ESOS Code has been released

Previously in School Governance, we have reported and extensively monitored the status of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (ESOS National Code).  Over the last seven months, the National Code has been in a constant state of flux during consultation processes, the repeal of the National Code 2007 […]

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Commonwealth and Queensland legal reform of ESOS laws

The Queensland State Government and the Federal Government have introduced Bills to their respective parliaments which, if passed, will affect schools that provide educational services to international students. International education is a key contributor to the Australian economy with enrolments exceeding 700,000 in 2016, so legislative reform in this space is a reflection of the importance […]

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Billeting and homestays: Do schools have a duty of care while students are at home?

Billeting and homestay defined Billeting and homestay are largely interchangeable terms which involve students staying with host families for accommodation purposes. Stays may be part of a cultural exchange program or during an overnight excursion. Students can stay with host families intra-state, in another jurisdiction or even overseas. The term used most frequently is homestay, […]

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Overseas Students and the National Code: New National Code delayed

The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code 2007) has set the standards and procedures for schools and other providers registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for many years. The National Code 2007 is under review and despite expectations […]

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