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The Education Destination : Australia The Education Destination 2012
8 >AUSTRALIAN EDUCATION 2012 ‘Students gain much more than an internationally-recognised qualification in Australia. International students benefit from being part of a diverse culture, living in an English-speaking country and enjoying a natural environment like no other.’ ‘Our international education sector is world class.’ The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Workplace Relations, Senator the Hon Christopher Evans Above: Australian institutions have technologically advanced facilities, expert lecturers and tutors. Image: Monash University. Right: Australia has a high quality, innovative education system that produces skilled and confident graduates. NATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS FRAMEWORK The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) links Australian school, vocational and higher education courses into a simple structure of 15 national education awards. It means that wherever you study around Australia, your course will be of the same, consistently high standard. The AQF encourages choice of courses and levels, flexible delivery and life- long learning. It allows you to move through the education system from one qualification to the next level. Students can enter and exit the system at almost any point. Within this flexible system, you can re-enter a vocational or university course at any age to upgrade your skills or change careers. The AQF simplifies international comparison and recognition and contributes to the high level, quality assurance provided to students. The Australian academic year runs from February to December with a long summer holiday break over December and January. Universities and vocational institutes tend to have two semesters, with a holiday break between semesters. Some courses have mid-year intakes around July. Schools tend to have four terms with two to three week holiday breaks. English language courses run throughout the year with flexible starting dates. SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS International students are welcomed and supported in Australian institutions. Australia provides some of the world’s most rigorous consumer protection arrangements for international students through a legislative framework known as the Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS). Under this law, institutions that wish to offer courses to international students have to fulfil the criteria for registration on the Commonwealth (Australian) Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). Registered providers must meet high standards for education delivery, facilities and student support services. Australian institutions aim to ensure that students settle into their new country and feel comfortable in their new study environment. Institutions have an international office or dedicated counsellor to provide students with study support services and welfare-related services. Australia is continually enhancing its processes for international students. The government is implementing changes for 2012 including streamlined visa processing arrangements, enhanced post-study work options and the reduction of visa financial requirements.
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