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Education Services for Overseas Students Bill 2000

1998-1999-2000

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

 

 

 

 

Presented and read a first time

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education Services for Overseas Students Bill 2000

 

No.      , 2000

 

(Education, Training and Youth Affairs)

 

 

 

A Bill for an Act to regulate education services for overseas students, and for related purposes

   

   

   



Contents

Part 1—Introduction                                                                                                               1

1............ Short title............................................................................................ 1

2............ Commencement.................................................................................. 2

3............ Crown to be bound............................................................................. 2

4............ Criminal Code applies........................................................................ 2

5............ Definitions.......................................................................................... 2

6............ Meaning of associate .......................................................................... 6

7............ Meaning of course money ................................................................... 8

Part 2—Registration of approved providers                                                          10

8............ Offence: providing or promoting a course without a registered provider                10

9............ Registering approved providers........................................................ 11

10.......... The Register...................................................................................... 12

11.......... Approved providers must notify the Secretary and designated authority of previous breaches etc.     13

12.......... Initial registration charge................................................................... 14

13.......... Fund Manager may require information........................................... 14

14.......... Notifying States if the Minister suspects non-compliance with this Act or the national code               14

Part 3—Obligations on registered providers                                                          16

Division 1—General obligations                                                                            16

15.......... Registered providers must not engage in misleading or deceptive conduct              16

16.......... Residency requirement..................................................................... 16

17.......... Registered providers must notify the Secretary of breaches etc. by associates      16

18.......... Only registered providers may receive course money...................... 17

19.......... Giving information about accepted students.................................... 17

20.......... Sending students notice of visa breaches.......................................... 18

21.......... Record keeping................................................................................. 19

22.......... Registered providers must belong to a tuition assurance scheme..... 19

23.......... Annual registration charge................................................................ 20

24.......... Annual Fund contributions............................................................... 20

25.......... Special levies for the Fund................................................................ 21

26.......... Disclosure obligations of registered providers.................................. 21

Division 2—Refunds of course money                                                               22

27.......... When this Division applies.............................................................. 22

28.......... Refund if there is a written agreement about student default........... 23

29.......... Refund in other cases........................................................................ 23

30.......... Recovering the amount..................................................................... 24

31.......... Alternative arrangements.................................................................. 24

32.......... Registered provider must notify the Fund Manager of non-compliance 24

Part 4—The national code                                                                                                 25

33.......... The national code.............................................................................. 25

34.......... Purpose of the national code............................................................ 25

35.......... National code must be publicly available......................................... 25

36.......... Minister must consult States............................................................ 25

37.......... Establishing the national code........................................................... 25

38.......... Contents of the national code........................................................... 26

39.......... When the national code takes effect................................................. 26

40.......... Legal effects of the national code...................................................... 26

41.......... Notification of the national code...................................................... 27

42.......... Amending the national code.............................................................. 27

43.......... States to investigate breaches of the national code........................... 28

44.......... Regulations may prescribe penalties................................................ 29

Part 5—The ESOS Assurance Fund                                                                            30

Division 1—Basics of the Fund                                                                              30

45.......... Establishment of the Fund................................................................ 30

46.......... Purpose of the Fund......................................................................... 30

47.......... What money goes into the Fund....................................................... 30

48.......... What money comes out of the Fund................................................ 31

Division 2—The Fund Manager                                                                            32

49.......... Appointment of the Fund Manager................................................. 32

50.......... Functions and powers of the Fund Manager.................................... 32

51.......... Terms and conditions of the appointment of the Fund Manager..... 32

52.......... Acting Fund Manager....................................................................... 33

53.......... Indemnity......................................................................................... 33

Division 3—The Contributions Review Panel                                               34

54.......... Establishment of the Panel............................................................... 34

55.......... Functions and powers of the Panel.................................................. 34

56.......... Terms and conditions of Panel members.......................................... 35

57.......... Procedures of the Panel.................................................................... 35

Division 4—Annual Fund contributions and special levies                     36

Subdivision A—Annual Fund contributions                                                          36

58.......... Fund Manager to set contributions.................................................. 36

59.......... How the contributions criteria are determined................................. 36

60.......... Content of the contributions criteria................................................ 37

61.......... Changing the contributions criteria................................................... 37

62.......... Dissemination of contributions criteria............................................ 38

63.......... Notice of amount of annual Fund contribution................................ 38

64.......... Notifying the Secretary of initial contributions................................ 38

65.......... Increasing annual Fund contributions............................................... 38

Subdivision B—Rights of review                                                                             39

66.......... Applying to the Fund Manager for a review of the contribution amount               39

67.......... Review by the Fund Manager.......................................................... 40

68.......... Applying for review by the Panel.................................................... 40

69.......... Review by the Panel......................................................................... 41

70.......... Fees for review................................................................................. 42

71.......... Refund of overpaid contributions..................................................... 42

Subdivision C—Special levies                                                                                  42

72.......... Special levies..................................................................................... 42

73.......... Amount of the levy.......................................................................... 42

74.......... Fund Manager must give written notice........................................... 43

Subdivision D—Reminder notices for late payers                                               43

75.......... Reminder notices.............................................................................. 43

Division 5—Calls on the Fund                                                                                44

76.......... When a call is made on the Fund...................................................... 44

77.......... What the Fund Manager must do when a call is made..................... 44

78.......... Taking the student’s place as creditor.............................................. 45

Division 6—Miscellaneous                                                                                       46

79.......... Investments...................................................................................... 46

80.......... Financial accountability.................................................................... 46

81.......... No income tax................................................................................... 47

82.......... Future cessation of the Fund............................................................ 47

Part 6—Enforcement                                                                                                            48

Division 1—Conditions, suspension and cancellation                                48

Subdivision A—Sanctions for non-compliance etc.                                             48

83.......... Minister may impose sanctions for non-compliance etc.................. 48

84.......... Minister may take further action...................................................... 49

85.......... Minister may take action for breaches occurring before provider was registered    49

86.......... Examples of conditions..................................................................... 49

Subdivision B—Suspension and cancellation by the Minister                          49

87.......... Suspension for financial difficulty etc.............................................. 49

88.......... Cancellation if suspended providers cease to provide courses......... 50

Subdivision C—Automatic suspension and cancellation                                    50

89.......... Automatic suspension for loss of approval..................................... 50

90.......... Automatic suspension for non-payment of annual Fund contribution or special levy           50

91.......... Automatic cancellation of registration for provider who ceases to be approved for a course for a State                51

92.......... Automatic cancellation for bankruptcy............................................ 51

Subdivision D—Common rules for conditions, suspension and cancellation 51

93.......... Procedure for taking action etc......................................................... 51

94.......... Minister may remove condition or suspension................................ 52

95.......... Effect of suspension......................................................................... 52

96.......... Updating the Register....................................................................... 52

Division 2—Immigration Minister’s suspension certificate                   53

97.......... Immigration Minister may give a registered provider a suspension certificate        53

98.......... Procedure for issuing certificate........................................................ 54

99.......... Content of certificate........................................................................ 55

100........ Duration of certificate....................................................................... 55

101........ Effect of certificate: offence.............................................................. 55

102........ Further certificates............................................................................ 56

103........ Updating the Register....................................................................... 56

Division 3—Offences                                                                                                   57

104........ Notification requirements................................................................. 57

105........ Record-keeping................................................................................. 58

106........ Infringement notices......................................................................... 58

107........ Failing to identify registered provider in written material................ 58

108........ Providing false or misleading information......................................... 59

109 ........ Access to electronic notification system.......................................... 59

110........ Bogus providers................................................................................ 60

Part 7—Monitoring and searching providers                                                         62

Division 1—Introduction                                                                                           62

111........ Powers conferred on magistrates in their personal capacity............ 62

112........ Immunity of magistrates................................................................... 62

Division 2—Notices requiring information and documents                    63

Subdivision A—Production notices                                                                        63

113........ Production notices............................................................................ 63

114........ Contents of the production notice.................................................... 63

115........ Serving production notices............................................................... 64

Subdivision B—Attendance notices                                                                        65

116........ Attendance notices........................................................................... 65

117........ Contents of the attendance notice.................................................... 65

Subdivision C—Common rules for production and attendance notices           66

118........ Scales of expenses............................................................................. 66

119........ Reasonable compensation for giving copies..................................... 66

120........ Offence: failing to comply with a notice.......................................... 66

121........ Offence: giving false or misleading information................................ 66

122........ Offence: giving false or misleading document................................... 67

123........ Information and documents that incriminate a person..................... 67

124........ Copies of documents........................................................................ 67

125........ Employee may retain documents..................................................... 68

126........ Owner of document must be given copy.......................................... 68

127........ Retaining documents......................................................................... 69

128........ Employee may apply to magistrate or tribunal member for a further period          69

129........ Magistrate or tribunal member may order retention for further period 70

Division 3—Monitoring warrants                                                                          71

Subdivision A—Monitoring powers                                                                        71

130........ Authorised employee may enter premises for a monitoring purpose 71

131........ Monitoring powers of authorised employees.................................. 71

132........ Authorised employee on premises with consent may ask questions 73

133........ Authorised employee on premises under warrant may ask questions 74

134........ Offence: failure to answer question.................................................. 74

135........ Offence: giving false or misleading information................................ 75

136........ Offence: giving or showing documents that are false or misleading in material particulars     75

Subdivision B—Applying for monitoring warrants                                             76

137........ Authorised employee may apply for a monitoring warrant............. 76

138........ Magistrate or tribunal member may issue a monitoring warrant...... 76

139........ Magistrate or tribunal member may require more information......... 76

140........ Contents of monitoring warrant....................................................... 76

Division 4—Search warrants                                                                                    78

Subdivision A—Search powers                                                                                78

141........ Authorised employee may enter premises to look for evidential material              78

142........ Search powers of authorised employees.......................................... 78

Subdivision B—Applying for search warrants                                                     80

143........ Authorised employee may apply for a search warrant.................... 80

144........ Magistrate or tribunal member may issue a search warrant............. 81

145........ Magistrate or tribunal member may require more information......... 81

146........ Contents of a search warrant............................................................ 81

Division 5—Common rules for monitoring warrants and search warrants            82

Subdivision A—Common powers etc. under monitoring warrants and search warrants   82

147........ Use of reasonable force and assistance............................................. 82

148........ Use of electronic equipment in exercising search or monitoring powers 82

149........ Securing electronic equipment for use by experts............................ 82

150........ Extension of period........................................................................... 83

151........ Powers without warrant in emergency situations............................ 84

152........ Retaining seized things..................................................................... 84

153........ Authorised employee may apply for a thing to be retained for a further period    85

154........ Magistrate or tribunal member may order that the thing be retained 86

155........ Occupier to provide authorised employee with all facilities and assistance            86

Subdivision B—Obligations on authorised employees etc.                                86

156........ Being on premises with consent....................................................... 86

157........ Consent............................................................................................. 87

158........ Announcement before entry............................................................. 87

159........ Copy of warrant to be given to the occupier before entry............... 87

160........ Compensation for damage to electronic equipment or data.............. 87

161........ Occupier entitled to be present during execution of the monitoring warrant           88

162........ Identity cards.................................................................................... 89

163........ Authorised employee must produce identity card on request......... 90

Subdivision C—Issue of warrants by telephone etc.                                            90

164........ Employee may apply for warrants by telephone etc....................... 90

165........ Magistrate or tribunal member may grant warrant by telephone etc. 90

166........ Procedure for issuing warrant by telephone etc............................... 91

167........ Procedure after telephone warrant ceases or is executed.................. 92

168........ Form of warrant authorises exercise of power................................. 93

169........ Court to assume that exercise of power not authorised by telephone etc. warrant 93

Part 8—Miscellaneous                                                                                                        94

170........ Delegation......................................................................................... 94

171........ Reinstatement fee............................................................................. 94

172........ Late payment penalty...................................................................... 95

173........ Debts due to the Commonwealth..................................................... 96

174........ Amounts payable by unincorporated bodies................................... 96

175........ Giving information to relevant bodies.............................................. 96

176........ Review of decisions.......................................................................... 97

177........ Regulations....................................................................................... 98

 



A Bill for an Act to regulate education services for overseas students, and for related purposes

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