This report considers the federal government's interim legislative response to recent controversay over international education services in Australia.
In 2009, the closure of several private education providers and allegations of corruption and substandard education services revealed weaknesses in the regulation of training providers in the international education sector and questionable practices by some education and immigration agents. A small number of unscrupulous operators have been able to operate resulting in damage to the reputation of the industry overseas. The Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re-registration of Providers and Other Measures) Bill 2009 (the bill) addresses the growth of training providers capitalising on rising demand, especially from India, for an education and the chance for permanent residency. The key amendments of the bill strengthen the registration process which is intended to reduce the number of high risk providers currently in or seeking entry into the sector. The bill is a transitional measure intended to address immediate matters of concern regarding regulation of the industry while longer term issues are considered by the Education Services for Overseas Students Act Review underway. This report propose several changes to the Bill.