International student complaints
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Complaints we can look into
We can look into complaints from international students who are currently studying, previously studied, or are planning to study with private education providers on a student visa.
Issues we can look into include:
- course fees and refunds
- transfers between courses or providers
- intention to report to Home Affairs for unsatisfactory course progress or attendance
- cancellation of enrolment
- deferment and suspension of studies
- incorrect advice given by an education agent
- refusing admission to a course
- your private education provider’s handling of your complaint or appeal, including complaints about:
- grades and assessments
- academic misconduct decisions
- Overseas Student Health Cover.
Complaints we cannot look into
There are some issues we cannot help with. These include complaints about:
- public education providers, such as TAFEs, public primary and secondary (high) schools, and most universities
- the academic merit of your grade or mark for an assessment task
- bullying, harassment or behaviour of other students
- problems from students on visas other than a student visa (subclass 500), such as professional year courses Graduate visa holders (subclass 476 and 485)
- quality of teaching
- qualifications and experience of teachers
- resources or equipment available at your provider
- buildings and facilities at your provider.
Is your complaint about one of the things we can’t look into?
We have a list of other ombudsmen and agencies that may help you.
We have information for education providers.