Clarification on media reporting of updated ELICOS National Standards

Contrary to some media reports over the past days, a new test is not being imposed to assess English-language proficiency among international students in Australia.

Australian education institutions already have some of the strongest standards in the world to ensure that international students can get the most benefit from studying and living here.

On Thursday the 12th of October, the Australian Government released updated national standards for ELICOS (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students), which will apply from 2018.

Some media reports mistakenly suggested a new test is required as part of these new standards. There is no requirement for further standardised testing under the ELICOS National Standards 2018.

Monash College has released an official statement, view-able here. Additionally, the peak body statement is view-able here.