Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers may choose when their holiday periods are.
A CRICOS provider must comply at all times with the:
- Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act)
- Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2001, and
- National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2017.
ASQA has recently published a new fact sheet for CRICOS providers delivering VET courses to assist them to understand the requirements of the National Code in relation to student attendance and course progress.
- Read the Fact sheet—overseas student attendance.
Providers are able to register explicit units, short courses and skill sets for delivery to overseas students on CRICOS, however they will not appear on PRISMS or the public CRICOS register. Students are unable to search CRICOS for individual units, but may enrol with providers who have the unit approved for CRICOS.
While the ESOS Act does not compel a provider to create a CoE for a student who is studying a secondary course, ASQA considers it important that providers issue a CoE for every overseas student enrolled to ensure students are protected by the Tuition Protection Service and to ensure clear information is available to the Australian Government on the scope and extent of the export education market.
Where a provider is registered for single units or skill sets, a CoE cannot be issued, as ASQA is unable to include these courses on the CRICOS register.