After initially being introduced to the Queensland House of Assembly on 8 August 2017, and then re-introduced on 15 February 2018, the Education (Overseas Students) Bill 2018 (Qld) (the Bill) passed the Assembly on 6 March 2018. It is now awaiting assent.
The Bill proposes to make miscellaneous amendments to the following Queensland legislation:
The Education (Overseas Students) Act 1996 will also repealed.
The Bill’s Committee Report [at p 2] indicates the Policy Objectives are to:
Currently, the regulation of overseas student education and training involves a co-operative model of shared responsibility between the Australian and Queensland governments. The current legislative framework comprises:
The proposed introduction of a new regulatory regime is intended to better reflect the role and responsibilities of the Director-General as the Designated State Authority (the DSA) , and to ensure better alignment with the national framework and shared responsibility for compliance.
It is also hoped that the new legislation will improve Queensland’s compliance framework by introducing the capacity for the issuing of compliance notices and providing for the appointment of authorised persons.
The Hon G. Grace MP, in the Bill's Explanatory Speech of 15 February 2018, said:
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