In 2009, the closure of several private education providers and allegations of corruption and substandard education services revealed weaknesses in the regulation of training providers in the international education sector and questionable practices by some education and immigration agents. A small number of unscrupulous operators have been able to operate resulting in damage to the reputation of the industry overseas.
The bill is a transitional measure intended to address immediate matters of concern regarding regulation of the industry while longer term issues are considered by the Education Services for Overseas Students Act Review underway. (Text adapted from AustalianPolicyOnline).
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