National standards for ELICOS providers and courses
The key feature of the English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) sector of Australian education has been the ELICOS requirements though the establishment and ongoing maintenance of an appropriate regulatory framework to protect the sector. The National standards for ELICOS providers and courses (ELICOS Standards) are used as guidelines for determining whether providers should be accepted for registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) under the ESOS legislative framework.
The ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students) framework relates to international students who will be studying English in Australia as part of an intensive program. In this case 'intensive' means a minimum of 20 hours of scheduled classes involving face-to-face contact hours of English language instruction.
ELICOS standards are protected through legislative instruments which ensure certain requirements are met before English language providers are registered and that they maintain these requirements throughout the course of their registration. This approach provides confidence for all stakeholders involved in the provision of English language instruction.
Since July 2011 the ELICOS Standards framework has been a legislative instrument under ESOS. This provides certainty about what is required from ELICOS providers and the requirement that they maintain the registration Standards so they can continue to be registered as a CRICOS provider.
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