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The ESOS Framework

Australia has laws to promote quality education and consumer protection for students coming to Australia on student visas. These laws are known as the ESOS framework and they include the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice 2007.

Click here for a quick reference to the ESOS framework

Tuition Costs

Tuition fees are payable each semester and students are generally enrolled for two semesters per year. Click here for international student tuition fee schedules.

Tuition fees are reviewed periodically and may be subject to increase. Tuition fees must be paid in full each semester. Commencing international students must ensure that their first semester’s tuition fees are paid to the College by the commencement of classes. The College requires a 50% deposit of these fees before a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) can be issued. International students are able to pay their tuition fees using the College Easy Payment Plan (three instalment payments) for each subsequent semester.

Refund of Fees

Fees paid by International Students for tuition at the college are refundable under certain conditions. For information regarding refund of fees, please refer to the ACPE Terms and Conditions.

Textbooks and other course-related costs

Textbooks vary from subject to subject and from year to year. Textbooks can cost anywhere from A$10 to A$180 each. As a student, you will need to purchase educational supplies and stationery, pay for photocopying, printing, and the costs of obtaining certificates such as the First Aid Certificate.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Sydney varies depending on the student and the suburb they live in. On average, a student in Sydney will spend around A$550 per week on accommodation, food, transport, clothing, entertainment, etc. On average, the cost of living in Australia is $19,830 per year.

Travel Costs

You will need to take into account the cost of travelling to and from the college. We are located within close walking distance from train stations and bus stops, and parking is provided both on-site and nearby. If you are travelling by public transport you will need to allow at least A$25 –A$60 each week depending on where you travel from.


Most students in Sydney live locally with family, use home stay accommodation, or rent accommodation with others.

Home stay accommodation will cost from A$135–A$205 per week on average. If you plan to rent in Sydney, you will need to allow for a rental bond equivalent to 4 to 6 weeks rent. Weekly rental costs vary from suburb to suburb and according to the size and quality of accommodation. Rental rates may range from A$250 to A$400 per week. A number of hostels also offer accommodation to students in Sydney with rates ranging from A$200 to A$300 per week.

Utilities (Electricity, Gas, Water etc) cost approximately A$20 per week plus connection fees if you are renting a property on your own.

Dining & Entertainment

Sydney has a number of tourist attractions on offer. Most are within a day’s travel from the CBD. Some are free of charge and many are reasonably priced.

A restaurant dinner in Sydney will cost between $25 and $45.

Other Costs

As an overseas student, you are required to take out Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) for the duration of your course at ACPE. The College chooses Allianz Global Assistance however you are free to choose your own OSHC insurer.

Please be aware that you will be responsible for the support and education of any school-aged dependants covered by your visa.

Student Visa Conditions

You must at all times comply with the Australian Government’s requirements for maintaining your student visa. Failure to comply with a condition may result in the cancellation of your visa.

Information on student visa requirements is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The following are some of the conditions required for overseas students –

  • Full-time Enrolment: You must carry a full-time study load each semester. Currently, the normal full-time load for all courses is four units (subjects) per semester
  • Attendance: You are required to attend at least 80% of scheduled contact hours for your course
  • Academic Performance: You must obtain satisfactory academic results each semester. Academic results are issued and reviewed at the end of each semester. If you fail a unit, you may be allowed to repeat the unit only once
  • Australian residential address: You must keep the college updated with your Australian residential address and contact number. It is a college requirement that you notify the Registrar’s Office within seven (7) days, in writing, of any changes of address or contact details
  • Deferral or Intermission of Studies: International students are not allowed to intermit commencement or to suspend studies except on the grounds of illness, evidenced by a doctors certificate, or other exceptional compassionate or compelling circumstances beyond the student’s control

Notifying the Australian authorities

The college is required to report overseas students to the Immigration Department in regards to –

  • a breach in the attendance requirement
  • unsatisfactory course progress
  • approved leave
  • change in enrolment
  • change in the duration of the course
  • withdrawal from the course

More information

Student Guide to ACPE (PDF)