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Act No. 18 of 1997 as amended, taking into account amendments up to Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Act 2012
An Act to impose registration charges in relation to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students
Administered by: Education and Training
Registered 09 Jul 2012
Start Date 01 Jul 2012
End Date 09 Dec 2015
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Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997

Act No. 18 of 1997 as amended

This compilation was prepared on 1 July 2012
taking into account amendments up to Act No. 10 of 2012

The text of any of those amendments not in force
on that date is appended in the Notes section

The operation of amendments that have been incorporated may be
affected by application provisions that are set out in the Notes section

Prepared by the Office of Legislative Drafting and Publishing,
Attorney‑General’s Department, Canberra

  

  

  


Contents

1............ Short title [see Note 1]........................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement [see Note 1].............................................................. 1

3............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 1

4............ Interpretation....................................................................................... 1

5............ Annual registration charge.................................................................. 1

6............ Entry to market charges....................................................................... 3

7............ Indexation of amounts......................................................................... 4

8............ Imposition of charges.......................................................................... 6

9............ Regulations......................................................................................... 6

Notes                                                                                                                                               7


An Act to impose registration charges in relation to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students

1  Short title [see Note 1]

                   This Act may be cited as the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997.

2  Commencement [see Note 1]

                   This Act commences on the day on which the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration of Providers and Financial Regulation) Amendment Act (No. 1) 1997 commences.

3  Crown to be bound

                   This Act binds the Crown in each of its capacities.

4  Interpretation

                   An expression used in this Act that is also used in the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 has the same meaning as in that Act, unless the contrary intention appears.

5  Annual registration charge

             (1)  A provider who is a registered provider on 1 January of a year is liable to pay an annual registration charge for the year.

Note:          This section extends to a registered provider whose registration has been suspended.

Amount of the charge

             (2)  The amount of the charge for the provider for the year (the charge year) is the sum of the following components:

                     (a)  $1,300;

                     (b)  $10 multiplied by the total enrolments for the provider in the previous year;

                     (c)  $100 multiplied by the total number of courses for which the provider is registered on 1 January of the charge year;

                     (d)  if the Minister has taken action against the provider under section 83 of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 in the previous year—$1,000.

Note 1:       The dollar amounts are indexed under section 7.

Note 2:       Regulations made under subsection (7) of this section may provide for lower dollar amounts and exemptions.

Total enrolments

             (3)  The total enrolments for a provider in a year is worked out by adding together the number of enrolments of overseas students for each course for which the provider is registered in the year.

             (4)  When working out the enrolments for a course for a year:

                     (a)  for a course of at least 26 weeks duration—each student who is enrolled in the course at any time during the year counts as one enrolment; and

                     (b)  for a course of 13 or more weeks, but less than 26 weeks, duration—each student who is enrolled in the course at any time during the year counts as 0.5 of an enrolment; and

                     (c)  for a course of less than 13 weeks duration—each student who is enrolled in the course at any time during the year counts as 0.25 of an enrolment.

Working out what constitutes a course

             (5)  For the purposes of this section, a course that spans 2 or more years is taken to be a separate course in each of those years.

             (6)  For the purposes of this section, a course is taken to be a separate course at each location at which the provider is registered to provide the course.

Regulations

             (7)  The regulations may prescribe any one or more of the following:

                     (a)  a lower dollar amount for the purposes of paragraph (2)(a);

                     (b)  one or more classes of providers who may pay the lower dollar amount prescribed under paragraph (a) of this subsection;

                     (c)  one or more classes of providers who are exempt from the requirement to pay:

                              (i)  the annual registration charge entirely; or

                             (ii)  one or more components of the charge listed in paragraph (2)(a), (b) or (c).

             (8)  Regulations made under subsection (7) must be expressed to apply to the first calendar year beginning after the regulations are made and all later calendar years.

6  Entry to market charges

Application of section

             (1)  This section applies if:

                     (a)  a designated authority recommends under section 9AA of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (the ESOS Act) that a provider be registered under that Act to provide a course at a location to overseas students; and

                     (b)  the provider meets the requirements in subsection 9AB(1) of that Act, other than the requirement in paragraph 9AB(1)(c); and

                     (c)  at the time the provider meets those requirements, the provider is not registered to provide any course at any locations.

Amount of the entry to market charges and due dates

             (2)  The provider is (subject to subsection (3) of this section) liable to pay 3 entry to market charges of the amount specified in column 1 by the time specified in column 2.

 

Entry to market charge

Item

Column 1

Amount of each charge

Column 2

Time by which each charge is payable

1

$7,500

The time when the provider becomes registered to provide the course at the location under section 9AB of the ESOS Act

2

$5,000

The end of the first anniversary of the day on which the provider was registered to provide the course at the location under section 9AB of the ESOS Act

3

$2,500

The end of the second anniversary of the day on which the provider was registered to provide the course at the location under section 9AB of the ESOS Act

Note:          The dollar amounts of the charges are indexed under section 7.

             (3)  A provider is liable to pay the second or third entry to market charge only if the provider is still registered to provide the course at the location on the relevant anniversary referred to in column 2 of table item 2 or 3.

Exemptions from the charges

             (4)  The regulations may prescribe one or more classes of providers who are exempt from the requirement to pay the entry to market charges.

7  Indexation of amounts

Application of section

             (1)  This section applies for the purpose of working out the amount of an entry to market charge for a year (the current year) after the initial year.

          (1A)  This section also applies for the purpose of working out the amount of annual registration charge for any year (also called the current year) after the initial year, unless that year is the first year to which regulations made under paragraph 5(7)(a) apply.

Note:          The reason for the exception is that the possibility of indexation for that year can be taken into account in making the regulations, so there is no need for this section to apply as well.

Indexation formula

             (2)  The dollar amounts specified in subsection 5(2), in regulations made under paragraph 5(7)(a), or in column 1 of the table in subsection 6(2), are to be adjusted for the current year by multiplying the amounts that applied to the year before the current year by the indexation factor worked out using the formula:

where:

index number, for a quarter, means the All Groups Consumer Price Index number that is the weighted average of the 8 capital cities and is published by the Australian Statistician for that quarter.

recent September quarter means the September quarter in the year before the current year.

previous September quarter means the September quarter before the recent September quarter.

Rounding factors and amounts

             (3)  The indexation factor worked out under subsection (2) must be rounded up or down to 3 places (rounding up in the case of exactly halfway between).

             (4)  Amounts worked out under subsection (2) must be rounded to the nearest whole dollar (rounding up in the case of 50 cents).

Changes to CPI

             (5)  If at any time (whether before or after the commencement of this section) the Australian Statistician has changed or changes the reference base for the Consumer Price Index, then, for the
purposes of applying this section after the change, only index numbers published in terms of the new reference base are to be used.

Definition of initial year

             (6)  In this section, the initial year means the first calendar year in which the dollar amounts specified in subsection 5(2), and in the table in subsection 6(2), are imposed under section 8.

8  Imposition of charges

                   The annual registration charge and the entry to market charges are imposed by this section.

9  Regulations

                   The Governor‑General may make regulations prescribing matters:

                     (a)  required or permitted by this Act to be prescribed; or

                     (b)  necessary or convenient to be prescribed for carrying out or giving effect to this Act.


Notes to the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997

Note 1

The Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997 as shown in this compilation comprises Act No. 18, 1997 amended as indicated in the Tables below.

For all relevant information pertaining to application, saving or transitional provisions see Table A.

Table of Acts

Act

Number
and year

Date
of Assent

Date of commencement

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997

18, 1997

27 Mar 1997

24 Apr 1997 (see s. 2)

 

Education Services for Overseas Students (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2000

166, 2000

21 Dec 2000

Schedule 1 (item 2) and Schedule 2: 4 June 2001 (see Gazette 2001, No. S175)

Sch. 2

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2000

167, 2000

21 Dec 2000

21 Dec 2000

Sch. 1 (item 11)

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2003

89, 2003

23 Sept 2003

23 Sept 2003

S. 4

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (2006 Measures No. 1) Act 2006

143, 2006

6 Dec 2006

1 Jan 2007

Sch. 1 (item 37(1))

Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Re‑registration of Providers and Other Measures) Act 2010

10, 2010

3 Mar 2010

Schedule 1 (items 27–30): Royal Assent

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2011

105, 2011

26 Sept 2011

Schedule 1: 31 Oct 2011 (see F2011L02107)
Remainder: Royal Assent

Sch. 1 (item 14) (am. by 9, 2012, Sch. 2 [item 88])

as amended by

 

 

 

 

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Act 2012

9, 2012

20 Mar 2012

Schedule 2 (item 88): (a)

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Act 2012

10, 2012

20 Mar 2012

Schedule 1: (b)
Remainder: Royal Assent


 (b)    Subsection 2(1) (items 6 and 8) of the Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Act 2012 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

6.  Schedule 2, Parts 1 and 2

The first 1 July that occurs on or after the day this Act receives the Royal Assent.

1 July 2012

8.  Schedule 2, Part 3, Division 2

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of the provision(s) covered by table item 6; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2011.

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all if the event mentioned in paragraph (b) does not occur.

1 July 2012

(paragraph (a) applies)

(b)     Subsection 2(1) (item 2) of the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Tuition Protection Service) Act 2012 provides as follows:

                 (1)   Each provision of this Act specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Provision(s)

Commencement

Date/Details

2.  Schedule 1

The later of:

(a) immediately after the commencement of Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (Tuition Protection Service and Other Measures) Act 2012; and

(b) immediately after the commencement of Schedule 1 to the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2011.

However, the provision(s) do not commence at all unless both of the events mentioned in paragraphs (a) and (b) occur.

1 July 2012

(paragraph (a) applies)


Table of Amendments

ad. = added or inserted     am. = amended     rep. = repealed     rs. = repealed and substituted

Provision affected

How affected

S. 4......................................

am. No. 166, 2000

Subhead. to s. 5(3)............

ad. No. 105, 2011

Subhead. to s. 5(5)............

ad. No. 105, 2011

S. 5......................................

am. No. 167, 2000; No. 89, 2003; No. 105, 2011; No. 10, 2012

Note to s. 5(2)....................

rep. No. 167, 2000

Note 1 to s. 5(2).................

ad. No. 167, 2000

 

rs. No. 89, 2003; No. 105, 2011

Note 2 to s. 5(2).................

ad. No. 167, 2000

 

rs. No. 89, 2003; No. 105, 2011

S. 5A...................................

ad. No. 167, 2000

 

am. No. 89, 2003

 

rep. No. 105, 2011

S. 6......................................

am. No. 143, 2006; No. 10, 2010

 

rs. No. 105, 2011

 

am. No. 10, 2012

Note to s. 6(1)....................

am. No. 10, 2010

 

rep. No. 105, 2011

Subhead. to s. 7(1)............

ad. No. 105, 2011

Subhead. to s. 7(2)............

ad. No. 105, 2011

Subhead. to s. 7(3)............

ad. No. 105, 2011

Subhead. to s. 7(5)............

ad. No. 105, 2011

S. 7......................................

am. No. 167, 2000; No. 89, 2003; No. 105, 2011

Note to s. 7(1A)..................

am. No. 105, 2011

S. 8......................................

am. No. 105, 2011

S. 9......................................

rs. No. 105, 2011


Table A

Application, saving or transitional provisions

Education Services for Overseas Students (Consequential and Transitional) Act 2000 (No. 166, 2000)

Schedule 2 

1  Application—starting day for obligations of registered providers

Minister must publish starting day

(1)       The Minister must publish a notice in the Gazette specifying the starting day of the obligations in sections 19, 20 and 21 of the new ESOS Act. The starting day must be at least 28 days after the day of the publication.

(2)       The Minister must also notify in writing each registered provider of the starting day.

Notification of details about accepted students

(3)       The requirements in section 19 (giving information about accepted students) of the new ESOS Act apply to all events that happen on or after the starting day in relation to all persons who became or become accepted students on or after that day.

(4)       The requirements in paragraphs 19(1)(d) and (e) and subsection 19(2) of the new ESOS Act also apply to events that happen on or after the starting day in relation to persons who became accepted students before that day.

Notification of student visa breaches

(5)       The requirements in section 20 (sending students notice of visa breaches) of the new ESOS Act apply to all breaches that happen on or after the starting day.

Record keeping

(6)       The requirements in section 21 (record keeping) of the new ESOS Act apply to all current and future accepted students from the starting day onwards.

(7)       However, the notice under subitem (1) may prescribe a period or further period giving providers who are registered when the requirement in section 21 takes effect extra time to comply with the requirement.

2  Transitional—registration

(1)       The registration of a provider that was in effect under the old ESOS Act immediately before the commencement of this item continues to have effect after that time as if the registration had been done for the same courses under the new ESOS Act.

(2)       If that registration was suspended under the old ESOS Act immediately before the commencement of this item, the new registration has effect after that time as if it had been suspended to the same extent under the new ESOS Act.

3  Transitional—national code

The national code may prescribe a period or a further period giving providers who are registered when the code takes effect extra time to comply with the requirements of the code.

4  Application—notified trust accounts and ESOS Assurance Fund

(1)       The requirements in the old ESOS Act relating to notified trust accounts continue to apply until Part 5 of the new ESOS Act commences even if Schedule 1 to this Act repealed those requirements earlier.

(2)       The requirements in the new ESOS Act relating to the ESOS Assurance Fund apply to 2001 and later years.

(3)       However, the Minister may publish a notice in the Gazette stating that those Fund requirements apply instead to 2002 and later years.

(4)       In that case, the requirements in the old ESOS Act relating to notified trust accounts continue to apply until the later of:

                     (a)  the beginning of 2002; and

                     (b)  the commencement of Part 5 of the new ESOS Act;

even if Schedule 1 to this Act repealed those requirements earlier.

5  Transitional—money in notified trust accounts

(1)       This item applies to course money that was in a notified trust account immediately before the requirements in the old ESOS Act relating to such accounts ceased to apply.

(2)       The course money is no longer considered to be held on trust after that time.

6  Transitional—regulations

Regulations under the new ESOS Act may provide for the transition from the old ESOS Act to the new ESOS Act, and for related transitional matters.

 

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2000 (No. 167, 2000)

Schedule 1

11  Application of amendments

The amendments made by this Schedule apply in working out the amount of charge payable for 2001 and all later years.

 

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2003 (No. 89, 2003)

4  Application

                   The amendments made by Schedule 1 apply:

                     (a)  to the annual registration charge for the first calendar year after the calendar year in which this Act commences and all later calendar years; and

                     (b)  to the initial registration charge for registrations on or after 1 January in the first calendar year after the calendar year in which this Act commences.

 

Education Services for Overseas Students Legislation Amendment (2006 Measures No. 1) Act 2006 (No. 143, 2006)

Schedule 1

37  Application

(1)       The amendments:

                     (a)  of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 made by items 2, 3, 4, 8, 30, 31 and 33 of this Schedule; and

                     (b)  of the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997 made by item 36 of this Schedule;

do not apply to a liability to pay the initial registration charge or a reinstatement fee if the liability existed immediately before the commencement of this item.

 

Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment Act 2011 (No. 105, 2011)

Schedule 1

14  Application

(1)       The amendments made by this Schedule (other than the amendments made by items 6 and 13 of this Schedule) apply on and after the first 1 January that occurs after this Schedule commences.

(2)       The amendment made by item 6 of this Schedule applies in relation to any recommendation made by a designated authority under section 9AA of the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 on or after the first 1 January that occurs after this Schedule commences.