Introduction—why is reporting important?
CRICOS providers play an essential role in the regulation of well-functioning Vocational Education and Training (VET) and ELICOS sectors. This role is achieved primarily through accurate reporting of any changes to a student’s enrolment. Reporting by CRICOS providers is a requirement under Section 19 of the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2001.
When CRICOS providers fail to meet their reporting obligations, this undermines the Department of Home Affairs’ ability to maintain integrity in the simplified student visa framework (SSVF). In turn, this undermines public confidence in the VET and ELICOS sectors.
A strong international reputation underpins SSVF in Australia. However, this reputation has been damaged in the past by CRICOS providers who have failed to meet their obligations. For the continued strength of the SSVF, and to maintain Australia’s international reputation in this area, CRICOS providers must meet their reporting obligations.
ASQA takes intentional and unintentional reporting breaches very seriously and will take swift and decisive action to rectify any violations we become aware of. This action is undertaken to protect Australia’s international reputation as a provider of quality vocational education.