International Student Upskilling

Date —

29 September 2020

Education Sector/s —
International Education

Summary —

The Australian Government is proposing changes to the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Cth) to make it easier for education providers to deliver a wider range of short courses to international students outside their primary course of study.

Key Issues —

The changes aim to improve international students’ employability and enhance their experience while studying in Australia.

The proposed amendments remove regulatory barriers such as registration processes, fees and regulatory requirements that education providers often face when offering courses to international students.

International students will have access to short courses offering the necessary qualifications to pursue their interests, volunteer and work while studying in Australia — including courses like first aid, white card for construction, and responsible service of alcohol courses, as well as hobbies and recreational courses.

A consultation paper setting out the reforms has been released for public comment and can be downloaded from the website below.


Download ―
Australian Government Discussion Paper


Discussion Paper - Supplementary courses for overseas students [PDF]

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has been asked by the Australian Government to comment on the paper given its role representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

Issues currently being considered by the ITECA membership include there it is appropriate for Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), which are not on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to deliver single units of competency or training modules.

"This issue is one of considerable importance to a number of ITECA members and it's their views that will shape the advice that we give to the Australian Government," said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.

Improving regulation of supplementary courses for overseas students is is one of a number of members that ITECA is working on to strengthen the role of independent tertiary education providers in delivering quality training to international students.

Getting Involved —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA International Education Reference Group.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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