My opinion is concurrent studies are not allowed anymore for international students because of Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS).
Australia Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) states that any course undertaken by a student visa holder must be registered on CRICOS. A Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) should be issued for any additional study in a course undertaken by an overseas student while in Australia on a student visa.
PRISMS does not accept adding another course (CoE) from new education provider if not released yet from the current education provider. And, because of that, concurrent studies are not allowed.
I also believe that PRISMS is the safeguard in order not to circumvent National Code Standard 7.1, wherein education providers must not knowingly enroll international students prior to completing six months of principal course, without the release paper. (International students only need release paper prior to completing six months of principal course.)
Through PRISMS, agencies can monitor student compliance with visa conditions and provider compliance with the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). This is where education providers (schools/training centers/RTOs):
- issue ‘Confirmations of Enrollment’ to overseas students intending to study in Australia (the Department of Immigration and Border Protection requires these to issue a student visa), and
- report changes in course enrollment.
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