EDUCATION SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS STUDENTS (ESOS) LEGISLATION
The Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, or ESOS Act, establishes legislative requirements and standards for the quality assurance of education and training institutions offering courses to international students who are in Australia on a student visa. ESOS also provides tuition fee protection for international students. Fact sheets for students and providers are now available on the Department of Education and Training website. (https://www.education.gov.au/qualifications-recognition-esos-framework-tuition-protection-service)
OVERSEAS STUDENT HEALTH COVER – INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ONLY
Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is the private health insurance that international students and their dependents are required to purchase as a condition of their Student Visa. The Institute will arrange with a private health fund, to facilitate the provision of OSHC for international students. Students should note that it is a condition of their Student Visa to maintain current. OSHC pays the cost of most medical and hospital treatments that may be required while studying in Australia and will contribute to the cost of prescription medicines and emergency ambulance transport.
LEGAL INFORMATION AND ADVICE
LawAccess NSW is a free government telephone service that provides legal assistance for people who have a legal problem in NSW. They can provide you with information about your legal problem and contact details for services that might be able to assist you.
If you are calling from outside Australia you can contact LawAccess NSW by calling +61 2 8833 3190 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) or Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).
Legal Aid NSW has a number of specialist services that provide help over the phone.
Youth Hotline 1800 10 18 10
Child Support Service 02 9633 9916 (Sydney) or 1800 451 784 (regional)
Mental Health Advocacy Service 02 9747 6155
Veteran’s Advocacy Service 02 9219 5148
Prisoners Legal Service 02 8688 3888
For any further legal information and advice, please see website: www.lawaccess.nsw.gov.au/ or calling 1300 888 529
The Redfern Legal Service for NSW will provide legal services to International students: https://rlc.org.au/our-services/international-students
Other useful links include:
- Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW
- Community Legal Centres NSW
- Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW&ACT)
- PIAC Public Interest Advocacy Service NSW
- Community Restorative Centre
- Gay and Lesbian Legal Rights Centre
- HIV/AIDS Legal Centre
- Women’s Legal Services NSW
Your rights as a consumer – Consumer Action Law Centre
Your rights as a tenant – Tenants Union of Victoria
Refugee and immigration legal issues – Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre Inc.
Your rights at work – JobWatch
Specialist legal advice for women – Women’s Legal Service Victoria
If in any doubt, please contact the EEVI Administration Office, who will assist you through referral to the appropriate agency.
Students are not permitted to work until their course is started. Students can work up to 40 hours fortnightly while their course is in session (excluding any work undertaken as a registered component of study or training) and they can work unlimited hours during scheduled course breaks. Family members of students are not allowed to work until the student begins the course. They are allowed to work up to 40 hours fortnightly at all times. Students should contact the Department if Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) in Australia for the latest requirements as these requirements vary.
LIVING IN AUSTRALIA
There are many websites providing information on living in Australia. These few are useful:
https://www.studyinaustralia.gov.au/english/live-in-australia/living-costs – this is a good site identifying the costs of living in Australia
If you have a school aged dependent, you will be required to pay full fees if enrolled in either a government or non-government school. Check the government’s education website in the state you will be living in.
Applicants wishing to apply for recognition of their previous studies should indicate in the relevant section of the Student Application Form and also complete RPL Application Form. Students need to complete this form and provide the necessary documentation (i.e. descriptions of subjects previously studied) and return it along with the Student Application Form to the Institute. The RPL policy and RPL Application Form can be found on Institute website: www.ee.edu.au .
International students enrolled in the Institute are expected to complete their awards within the normal duration of the course as specified in their offer letter and candidature rules. The Institute may allow students to undertake no more than 25% of their total course by distance and/ or online learning. However students may not enroll exclusively in distance or online learning units in any compulsory study period. There are defined compassionate and compelling circumstances that the Institute may consider in the event that an international student is unable to complete their course within the expected duration, are unable to meet attendance requirements, or wish to defer, suspend or cancel their enrolment. Please contact the Institute staff for further information.
All institute students in Australia must formally enroll in their course, either electronically or by submitting an enrolment form. Enrolment for Elite Education Vocational Institute is conducted in the week prior to the commencement of classes each semester. During enrolment students are given course advice to ensure they are enrolled in both the correct course and units of study. Assistance is given throughout the process to ensure each student is successfully enrolled. For new students enrolment is an opportunity to meet academic administrative staff and managers from The Institute and to have any queries or concerns resolved.
An orientation session is conducted before classes begin and is compulsory for all newly enrolled students. The program includes information about student support services, facilities, healthcare, obtaining legal advice; what to do in an emergency and contact details of the Institute staff that can assist. In addition information is given about the rights and responsibilities of The Institute students including information about complaints, appeals and the legal requirements regarding study and residence in Australia. Orientation also includes guidelines about how to study The Institute courses successfully and an introduction to Australian culture, society and life. In addition to the formal processes described above, students have their first opportunity to meet with fellow students and staff.
An ongoing social activities program runs throughout each term and provides opportunities for students to enjoy a range of activities outside study. These include occasional weekends or one day excursions to various locations in Sydney.
Elite Education Vocational Institute paid significant attention to train the students with employability skills. Some industry visit, workshop, or seminar may be available for students.
Continuing study assistance is provided by specially trained staff on an individual or group basis to assist students with note taking, referencing, essay and report writing, paraphrasing, grammar, oral presentations, researching, time management and exam preparation.
Elite Education Vocational Institute provides a free and confidential counselling service. Counsellors can help students adjust to their new environment, deal effectively with difficult personal situations and advocate on behalf of students.
First Aid Kits and supplies are kept on the premises. The Institute staff respond immediately to requests for first aid assistance.
- Pre-Departure Information and Assistance for International Students
Elite Education Vocational Institute provides information and advice about how to prepare for arrival in Australia and what to expect on arrival. A pre-departure kit is sent to all students before they leave their home country. Students may also contact our friendly admissions staff for more information.
- Airport Reception and Airport Pick Up
New students arriving from overseas or interstate are met at Sydney Airport by the Institute friendly staff or senior students and are transferred by car or bus to their prearranged accommodation. Students are then assisted with basic needs such as changing currency (for international students), telephoning home, buying food and any other items. Students are required to make a request for airport pick-up at least two weeks in advance (conditions and charges apply). Contact our admissions staff for details.
- Accommodation and Settling In
Our dedicated student support staff can help organise accommodation for students in advance of their arrival. Every effort is made to enable students to acquire the accommodation best suited to their needs. Staff will assist students to settle quickly and successfully into their accommodation and to familiarise the new environment.
- Teaching Facilities
Elite Education Vocational Institute provides contemporary learning facilities for students. There are fully equipped lecture facilities with audio visual projection equipment, computer and internet access and appropriate software. There are study areas for groups and individuals in addition to teaching rooms. Staff and students may use computers, photocopiers, scanners and audio visual projectors to facilitate successful teaching and learning.
- Library Facilities
Students have access to library, photocopying, and printing services. The Institute Library collection includes books, journals, audio-visual materials as well as other resources and provides workspace for students. Students also have free access to the e-Library & online research database (i.e., ProQuest) at the all institute’s campuses.
- WIFI, Internet Access, and E-learning
Elite Education Vocational Institute provides students with free WIFI and internet access when they are on campus. We also have e-learning system, Moodle system to facilitate students’ learning. Students can access Moodle system at anytime, anywhere with internet access.
Several options are available for students, including rental accommodation, shared accommodation and homestay. Most international students prefer to share rental accommodation to reduce costs. The Institute staff assist students to find accommodation. Although accommodation is usually readily available, the beginning of each semester is a very busy time and accommodation may take a little longer to find during these periods. Homestay with an Australian family who provide accommodation and meals is a good option for international students. Students need to make a request for this service at least two weeks in advance and conditions and charges apply.
There are requirements for compulsory school attendance for children or dependents of international students. In New South Wales it is compulsory for children to attend school until the age of 16. The choice of schools includes public schools, private schools and religious schools. People over the age of 16 can continue to attend school until they have completed year 12. Dependents of persons holding a student visa may be required to pay full fees in any school, Institute or university that they enrol in whilst in Australia.
STUDENT CONTACT DETAILS
Students must notify EEVI of their contact details, including their Australian phone number (mobile and/or landline number), email address and residential address; and, students must maintain these personal details with EEVI administration. Students must advise EEVI of their Australian address within seven days of arriving in Australia and within seven days of any change of address. This is a requirement of a Student Visa.