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The law and your rights

As a student studying in Australia, you have certain rights and responsibilities. You will find legal aid and advice at your education provider and through a range of government services.

Australia has legal protection for overseas students studying in Australia. The Commonwealth Government's Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 governs all education providers' responsibilities to overseas students studying in Australia.

If you have a question about your rights and responsibilities as an international student, first discuss with the international student office in your institution (listed below).

If you need further information, you can contact the Australian Government's Tertiary Education Department who can answer your questions or refer you to the correct agency for help.

  • General enquiries phone: 02 6213 6000
  • International: +61 2 6213 6000
  • Fax: +61 2 6213 6000
  • Website: www.innovation.gov.au
  • Email: online@innovation.gov.au
  • Interpreter Service on 131 450 and ask the TIS to phone 1300 363 079

Human rights

The human rights of all people living in Victoria are valued and protected by the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006.

Other rights

You are also entitled to:

Student support

Many international student support offices provide a legal advice service or can advise you where to find legal help.


Additional information

International Student Care Service (ISCS)

ISCS provides information, professional support and referral to local services and community resources.

Services provided by the International Student Care Service include:

  • -crisis intervention and support in emergency situations

Information about:

  • -accommodation and housing providers

  • -legal services

  • -health services

  • -other specialist support services

All services are free and confidential.

Phone: 1800 056 449 (free call from landline phones)
E-mail: info@iscs.vic.gov.au Drop-in to the office: Level 1, 19-21 Argyle Place South, Carlton 3053

Last updated: 27 Jun 2013

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