ESOS Regulation Changes From 1 Oct 2019

Date —

3 Oct 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Vocational Education & Training, Higher Education, International Education

Summary —

Amendments to the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2019 (Cth) means that from 1 October 2019 providers are required to include additional student data on the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) database. The reporting obligations includes information on agents, English language proficiency tests and breaches of visa conditions.

Key Issues —

With the recent changes to the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Regulations 2019 (Cth), the Department of Education has provided a a range of guidance materials resource on their website to support providers through the changes that came into effect on 1 October 2019.

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) is pleased to provide an outline of these changes to support its members that are involved in the provision of international student education.

Australian Government Link —

ESOS Regulations 2019 [EXT PDF]

The Australian Government is increasingly relying on the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) as it facilitates the monitoring of student compliance with visa conditions, as well as provider compliance with the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Cth). PRISMS provides a range of reports and data exports, which can assist providers, State Education Departments and Department of Education by consolidating the information provided.

With respect to the regulatory changes that came into force on 1 October 2019, these are outlined below.

Major Changes Include —

  • Information about education agents for every student enrolment;
  • The name of the English language test, the date the student took the test and the score the student received;
  • The class of student visa applicant a student falls within (commonly referred to as evidence exemptions), if a student was not required to provide evidence of their level of English language proficiency for the purposes of a student visa; and
  • Information about students who have breached a condition of a student visa in relation to their course progress, including attendance.

Further information on the PRISMS database is available at:

Australian Government Link — [EXT LINK]

ITECA first provided advice to its members of this change in April 2019 and then again on 27 August 2019. If independent providers experience difficulties in uploading the information to the PRISMS system please contact the Department directly as well as relay the challenges faced to ITECA at  The advice from ITECA members on such matters is invaluable as it supports our ongoing dialogue with the Department of Education on matters associated with international students.

Member Engagement:

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 Committee.

Further Information:

For more information on this issue please send an email to or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at

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