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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.

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

Study Melbourne Student Centre

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

Contact or visit the SMSC

All services are free and confidential.

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Last updated: 02 Dec 2014

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