Zenith Business Academy | ZBA

Condition of Enrolment and Acceptance

I affirm the information I have provided in my application and in this declaration is true and correct and that any false information provided may lead to the cancelation of my enrolment at any time. The Academy will notify government agencies of any change of my enrolment which may result in the cancelation of my student visa.

I understand and agree that information provided in this Student Agreement and collected during my enrolment is collected in order to meet the Academy's obligations under the ESOS Act and the National Code 2007 to ensure student compliance with the conditions of their visas and their obligations under Australian immigration laws generally. The authority to collect this information is contained in the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2001 and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007. Information collected about me on this form and during my enrolment can be provided, in certain circumstances, to the Australian Government and designated authorities and, if relevant, to the Tuition Assurance Scheme and the ESOS Assurance Fund Manager. In other instances, information collected on this form or during my enrolment can be disclosed without my consent where authorized or required by law.

I understand and agree that before I can enrol in the Course/s, I must satisfy the conditions as outlined in my Letter of Offer.

I understand and agree that I have the obligation to satisfy all of these conditions and if they are not fully satisfied on or before the date of the commencement of my Course, I cannot commence, and the Academy may, at its option, terminate my enrolment.

I agree to the Academy releasing personal information relevant to my application, visa documentation and initial Course enrolment to the Academy's overseas representatives whom I have authorized to act on my behalf and to the Academy's preferred OSHC provider.

I have read and understood the description of the Course/s, teaching and assessment methods, facilities, classroom equipment and learning resources as described in the student handbook and have exercised my independent judgment in enrolling in the Course/s. The Academy does not warrant that enrolment in or completion of the Course/s by me will enable me to obtain any particular employment or to remain in Australia upon completion of the Course/s.

I understand that I must have sufficient funds to finance both my tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of my Course/s. I understand that tuition fee does not cover the costs of books, materials, field trips or living expenses unless otherwise specified.

I acknowledge that I have received information on the local environment in which I will be studying, including location of teaching site, accommodation and living costs.

I understand that I am responsible for all education and other living cost expenses of any person who accompanies me to Australia. I understand that all school aged dependents accompanying me to Australia must attend school and are required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in a government or non-government school.

I understand that the current approximate living cost in Australia is between 18,000 and 21,000 Australian Dollars per year.

Change of Provider and Cancellation of Enrolment I understand and accept that:

  • I am not eligible without the Academy's approval to transfer to another registered provider until I have completed six months of my Principle Course/s of study.
  • If I have enrolled in only one course, that course is my Principle Course of study.
  • If I have enrolled in and have CoEs for a packaged sequence of courses provided by Zenith Business Academy and any of its associated registered provider partners, my Principle Course of study is the course with the highest Australian Qualifications Framework Level, even if that course is not provided by Zenith Business Academy.
  • Once I have completed six months of study in my Principle Course I will be eligible to transfer to another registered provider without a Zenith Business Academy Release Letter.
    Before I have completed six months of study in my Principle Course I am not eligible to transfer from Zenith Business Academy to another registered provider without a Zenith Business Academy Release Letter.
  • If I apply for release to transfer from a Zenith Business Academy non-Principle course to another registered provider before I have completed six months of study in my Principle Course approval will not be granted and a Release Letter will not be issued if:
    • I have not been granted approval to transfer from my Principle course; and/or
    • The course to which I am seeking to transfer will provide a lower level Australian Qualifications Framework qualification than my Principle Course; and/or
    • The course to which I am seeking to transfer is also provided by Zenith Business Academy or one if its associated partners; and/or
    • I have not exhausted opportunities for access to ZBA's student support services designed to help with personal and academic problems; and/or
    • It is determined that such a transfer is not in my best interests.
  • Approval for transfer to another registered provider will not be granted in the following circumstances:
    • Claims of financial hardship;
    • Difficulty in finding suitable employment; and/or
    • Claims of accommodation and/or transport difficulties.

I understand and accept that my eCoE will be cancelled if I:

  • Provide fraudulent, forged or deliberately misleading documentation in any circumstances relating to my status as an international student;
  • Fail to commence my course by the required date without approved deferment, suspension or cancellation of my studies;
  • Discontinue my studies without approved deferment, suspension or cancellation of my studies;
  • Fail to maintain satisfactory attendance;
  • Fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress;
  • Fail to maintain my scheduled fee payments; and/or
  • Fail to adhere to the ZBA Student Code of Conduct.

I understand and accept that notification of cancellation of an eCoE does not constitute a Release Letter.

Attendance and Academic Performance

I understand and accept that:

  • The continuation of my Course/s is dependent on my compliance with my student visa conditions which include satisfactory academic progress and attendance and payment of required tuition fees before the commencement of each teaching period.
  • As an international student on a student visa I must maintain a minimum of 80 per cent average course attendance and satisfactory academic performance throughout my course/s.
  • If I fail to meet these requirements I will be issued with a warning letter followed by an Intention to Report notice and may be subsequently reported to DIBP via PRISMS.
  • It is my responsibility to seek assistance from the Academy trainers, counsellors and other support staff as soon as I experience difficulties with any aspect of my Course/s, and to attend learning support and/or counselling sessions if requested to do so.

I understand and accept that it is my responsibility to:

  • Attend the Zenith Business Academy orientation, registration and commencement program on the Course commencement date indicated in the Offer Letter; and to
  • Attend all Course related classes, information sessions, supervised study sessions and assessment sessions and undertake all assessments.

Change of Student Details:

I understand and accept that while I am enrolled at Zenith Business Academy it is my responsibility to notify the Academy at least 7 days before I change my address, phone number, mobile phone number and/or email address. This is to ensure that any notification sent to me advising of visa breaches is sent to my current address.

Non-Commencement

I understand and accept that:

  • I have to arrive at the Academy and register no later than the date listed in my Letter of Offer. If I am unable to arrive by that date I must contact the Academy for approval to arrive late and/or deferment of my enrolment, otherwise I may not be able to enrol on arrival at the Academy.
  • If I fail to register within five working days of my course commencement date and have not applied for and been granted a Deferral of Enrolment Zenith Business Academy will send me an Intention to Report Letter.
  • If I fail to register within ten (10) working days of my course commencement date and have not applied for and been granted a Deferral of Enrolment Zenith Business Academy will cancel my eCoE.
  • If I cannot start my course on their commencement date due to visa delay or other unavoidable circumstances I will be permitted to start my course only when the timetable and class capacities permit, and I may be charged an administration fee of $100 for a new eCoE for the new commencement date.

[We strongly recommend all the students to read the ESOS framework from the DET website before accepting this offer of a place and forwarding your fees. Please refer to http://internationaleducation.gov.au/Regulatory-Information/Education-Services-for-Overseas-Students-ESOS-Legislative-Framework/National-Code/ for more information].

Course Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning

I understand that:

  • Students may apply for Course Credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) for units of competency where evidence is provided.
  • Zenith Business Academy recognizes Australian Qualification Framework course qualifications and statements of attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisations; and that
  • Students may apply for credit transfer on the basis of having previously attained a competent result for units of competency listed in the relvent course.

I affirm the information I have provided in my application and in this declaration is true and correct and that any false information provided may lead to the cancelation of my enrolment at any time. The Academy will notify government agencies of any change of my enrolment which may result in the cancelation of my student visa.
I understand and agree that information provided in this Student Agreement and collected during my enrolment is collected in order to meet the Academy's obligations under the ESOS Act and the National Code 2007 to ensure student compliance with the conditions of their visas and their obligations under Australian immigration laws generally. The authority to collect this information is contained in the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the Education Services for Overseas Students Regulations 2001 and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007. Information collected about me on this form and during my enrolment can be provided, in certain circumstances, to the Australian Government and designated authorities and, if relevant, to the Tuition Assurance Scheme and the ESOS Assurance Fund Manager. In other instances, information collected on this form or during my enrolment can be disclosed without my consent where authorized or required by law.
I understand and agree that before I can enrol in the Course/s, I must satisfy the conditions as outlined in my Letter of Offer.
I understand and agree that I have the obligation to satisfy all of these conditions and if they are not fully satisfied on or before the date of the commencement of my Course, I cannot commence, and the Academy may, at its option, terminate my enrolment.
I agree to the Academy releasing personal information relevant to my application, visa documentation and initial Course enrolment to the Academy's overseas representatives whom I have authorized to act on my behalf and to the Academy's preferred OSHC provider.
I have read and understood the description of the Course/s, teaching and assessment methods, facilities, classroom equipment and learning resources as described in the student handbook and have exercised my independent judgment in enrolling in the Course/s. The Academy does not warrant that enrolment in or completion of the Course/s by me will enable me to obtain any particular employment or to remain in Australia upon completion of the Course/s.
I understand that I must have sufficient funds to finance both my tuition fees and living expenses for the duration of my Course/s. I understand that tuition fee does not cover the costs of books, materials, field trips or living expenses unless otherwise specified.
I acknowledge that I have received information on the local environment in which I will be studying, including location of teaching site, accommodation and living costs.
I understand that I am responsible for all education and other living cost expenses of any person who accompanies me to Australia. I understand that all school aged dependents accompanying me to Australia must attend school and are required to pay full fees if they are enrolled in a government or non-government school.
I understand that the current approximate living cost in Australia is between 18,000 and 21,000 Australian Dollars per year.
Change of Provider and Cancellation of Enrolment
I understand and accept that:
I am not eligible without the Academy's approval to transfer to another registered provider until I have completed six months of my Principle Course/s of study.
If I have enrolled in only one course, that course is my Principle Course of study.
If I have enrolled in and have CoEs for a packaged sequence of courses provided by Zenith Business Academy and any of its associated registered provider partners, my Principle Course of study is the course with the highest Australian Qualifications Framework Level, even if that course is not provided by Zenith Business Academy.
Once I have completed six months of study in my Principle Course I will be eligible to transfer to another registered provider without a Zenith Business Academy Release Letter.
Before I have completed six months of study in my Principle Course I am not eligible to transfer from Zenith Business Academy to another registered provider without a Zenith Business Academy Release Letter.
If I apply for release to transfer from a Zenith Business Academy non-Principle course to another registered provider before I have completed six months of study in my Principle Course approval will not be granted and a Release Letter will not be issued if:
I have not been granted approval to transfer from my Principle course; and/or
The course to which I am seeking to transfer will provide a lower level Australian Qualifications Framework qualification than my Principle Course; and/or
The course to which I am seeking to transfer is also provided by Zenith Business Academy or one if its associated partners; and/or
I have not exhausted opportunities for access to ZBA's student support services designed to help with personal and academic problems; and/or
It is determined that such a transfer is not in my best interests.
Approval for transfer to another registered provider will not be granted in the following circumstances:
Claims of financial hardship;
Difficulty in finding suitable employment; and/or
Claims of accommodation and/or transport difficulties.
I understand and accept that my eCoE will be cancelled if I:

Provide fraudulent, forged or deliberately misleading documentation in any circumstances relating to my status as an international student;
Fail to commence my course by the required date without approved deferment, suspension or cancellation of my studies;
Discontinue my studies without approved deferment, suspension or cancellation of my studies;
Fail to maintain satisfactory attendance;
Fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress;
Fail to maintain my scheduled fee payments; and/or
Fail to adhere to the ZBA Student Code of Conduct.
I understand and accept that notification of cancellation of an eCoE does not constitute a Release Letter.
Attendance and Academic Performance

I understand and accept that:
The continuation of my Course/s is dependent on my compliance with my student visa conditions which include satisfactory academic progress and attendance and payment of required tuition fees before the commencement of each teaching period.
As an international student on a student visa I must maintain a minimum of 80 per cent average course attendance and satisfactory academic performance throughout my course/s.
If I fail to meet these requirements I will be issued with a warning letter followed by an Intention to Report notice and may be subsequently reported to DIBP via PRISMS.
It is my responsibility to seek assistance from the Academy trainers, counsellors and other support staff as soon as I experience difficulties with any aspect of my Course/s, and to attend learning support and/or counselling sessions if requested to do so.
I understand and accept that it is my responsibility to:

Attend the Zenith Business Academy orientation, registration and commencement program on the Course commencement date indicated in the Offer Letter; and to
Attend all Course related classes, information sessions, supervised study sessions and assessment sessions and undertake all assessments.
Change of Student Details.
I understand and accept that while I am enrolled at Zenith Business Academy it is my responsibility to notify the Academy at least 7 days before I change my address, phone number, mobile phone number and/or email address. This is to ensure that any notification sent to me advising of visa breaches is sent to my current address.
Non-Commencement
I understand and accept that:

I have to arrive at the Academy and register no later than the date listed in my Letter of Offer. If I am unable to arrive by that date I must contact the Academy for approval to arrive late and/or deferment of my enrolment, otherwise I may not be able to enrol on arrival at the Academy.
If I fail to register within five working days of my course commencement date and have not applied for and been granted a Deferral of Enrolment Zenith Business Academy will send me an Intention to Report Letter.
If I fail to register within ten (10) working days of my course commencement date and have not applied for and been granted a Deferral of Enrolment Zenith Business Academy will cancel my eCoE.
If I cannot start my course on their commencement date due to visa delay or other unavoidable circumstances I will be permitted to start my course only when the timetable and class capacities permit, and I may be charged an administration fee of $100 for a new eCoE for the new commencement date.
[We strongly recommend all the students to read the ESOS framework from the DET website before accepting this offer of a place and forwarding your fees. Please refer to http://internationaleducation.gov.au/Regulatory-Information/Education-Services-for-Overseas-Students-ESOS-Legislative-Framework/National-Code/ for more information].
Course Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning

I understand that:
Students may apply for Course Credit and/or recognition of prior learning (RPL) for units of competency where evidence is provided.
Zenith Business Academy recognizes Australian Qualification Framework course qualifications and statements of attainment issued by any other Registered Training Organisations; and that
Students may apply for credit transfer on the basis of having previously attained a competent result for units of competency listed in the relvent course.
I understand and accept that if the granting of Course Credit exemptions and RPL causes any shortening of course duration, this will be reported to DIBP via PRISMS.

Visa and Visa Subclass Conditions

I understand and accept that Australian student visas have a number of conditions and requirements, and that the holder of a student visa must:

  • Depart Australia on the expiry of the student visa (or other valid visa).
  • Satisfy course requirements and maintain a valid enrolment.
  • Maintain satisfactory attendance and academic progress.
  • Not work more than 40 hours a fortnight while my course is in session (and work for longer during holiday breaks)
  • Maintain adequate arrangements for health insurance while in Australia; and must
  • Ensure that the Academy has your current Australian residential address and contact details for the duration of your studies.

Zenith Business Academy Obligations

  • I understand that Zenith Business Academy:
  • Shall use its reasonable efforts to provide the Course/s as advertised but may at its sole discretion alter any part of the Course/s.
  • May postpone or cancel the Course/s so long as it complies with the ESOS National Code Standard 13 requirements relating to Provider default.
  • Does not guarantee that every course will be offered in any particular teaching period. Courses offered in any teaching period are subject to change by the Academy from time to time.
  • Is obliged to notify Government agencies of any change to a student enrolment.

Fees and Charges

I understand and accept that:

  • Zenith Business Academy Pty Ltd has the right to increase tuition fees and charges from time-to-time without notice.
  • Administrative fees may apply for some requests such as course deferment, change, of course, accommodation placement, airport transfer, Recognition of Prior Learning, reissue of academic award, the late payment of fees.

[Information on tuition and administration fees and charges is available on the Zenith Business Academy Pty Ltd website at www.zba.edu.au and from Zenith Business Academy Student Services.]

Course Transfer Fees

I understand and accept that there is an administration fee of:

  • $200 for a change of course
  • $83.00 for an eCoE extension
  • $50.00 for a change of start date on an eCoE
  • $100.00 for readmission

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

I understand and accept that:

  • I am required to have Health Insurance while studying in Australia; and that
  • I must provide proof of payment to the Overseas Student Health Cover scheme before I can be issued with a student visa is issued.

[The Academy will arrange to transfer this fee on your behalf and issue the relevant documentation. For further information please refer to www.OSHCallianzassistance.com.au]

Refunds and Student Withdrawal, Package Courses

If a student’s CoE is cancelled as a result of their enrolment cancellation/withdrawal before or after the commencement date of a course which is part of a package program, they are entitled to no refund of Course Tuition Fees or CoE security deposit, nor the Materials Fee for the course withdrawn from and any subsequent package courses; and a full refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee if the cancellation/withdrawal is before the course commencement date. The student will submit their Discontinuation/Withdrawal Application and Refund Application, and ZBA will process the application and complete all processing and reporting of cancellation. If a student’s CoE is cancelled for a breach of their student visa conditions, conditions of enrolment and/or National Code Standards (Unsatisfactory Attendance, Unsatisfactory Academic Progress, Non-payment of Fees, etc.), they are entitled to no refund of Course Tuition Fees or CoE security deposit, nor the Materials Fee for the course withdrawn from and any subsequent package courses; and no refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee. If a student’s CoE is cancelled due to demonstrated compassionate and/or compelling circumstances, they are entitled to a full refund of Tuition Fees OR CoE Security Deposit for the cancelled course and any subsequent package courses plus associated non-tuition fees, minus the lesser of 5% of the amount of Course Fees received before the default date or $500, if the withdrawal is before course start date; or a part refund of Unspent Tuition Fees for current course at time of withdrawal, if the withdrawal is after the commencement date of their initial package course). The student will receive a full refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee if they withdraw before the commencement date of their first package courses, or no refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee if they withdraw after the commencement date of their first package course.

Refunds and Student Withdrawal, Non-package Courses

If a student’s CoE is cancelled as a result of their enrolment cancellation/withdrawal more than 8 weeks (56 days) before the commencement date of their non-package course, they are entitled to a full refund of their pre-paid course tuition fees or CoE Security Deposit plus Enrolment and Materials Fees, minus the lesser of 5% of the amount of Course Fees received before the default date or $500; and a full refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee.

If a student’s CoE is cancelled as a result of their enrolment cancellation/withdrawal more than 4 weeks (28 days) but less than 8 weeks before the commencement date of their non-package course, they are entitled to a 75% refund of their pre-paid course tuition fees or CoE Security Deposit plus Enrolment and Materials Fees, minus the lesser of 5% of the amount of Course Fees received before the default date or $500; and a full refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee.

If a student’s CoE is cancelled as a result of their enrolment cancellation/withdrawal more than 2 weeks (14 days) but less than 4 weeks before the commencement date of their non-package course, they are entitled to a 50% refund of their pre-paid course tuition fees or CoE Security Deposit plus Enrolment and Materials Fees, minus the lesser of 5% of the amount of Course Fees received before the default date or $500; and a full refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee. If a student’s CoE is cancelled as a result of their enrolment cancellation/withdrawal less than 2 weeks (14 days) before, or after the commencement date of their non-package course, they are entitled to no refund of their pre-paid course tuition fees or CoE Security Deposit and Materials Fee a full refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee if cancellation is before the official commencement date; or no refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee if cancellation is after the official commencement date.
If a student’s CoE is cancelled as a result of a breach of student visa conditions, conditions of enrolment and/or National Code Standards (Unsatisfactory Attendance, Unsatisfactory Academic Progress, Non-payment of Fees, etc.), they are entitled to no refund of their pre-paid course tuition fees or CoE Security Deposit and Materials Fee; and no refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee If a student’s CoE is cancelled due to demonstrated compassionate and/or compelling circumstances, they are entitled to a full refund of Tuition Fees OR CoE Security Deposit for the cancelled course plus associated non-tuition fees, minus the lesser of 5% of the amount of Course Fees received before the default date or $500, if the withdrawal is before course start date.
If the withdrawal is after the course commencement date, the student is entitled to a part refund, being the Unspent Tuition Fees at time of withdrawal, a full refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee if they withdraw before their course commencement date; or no refund of their Overseas Student Health Cover Fee if they withdraw after their course commencement date.

Accommodation Refunds

If a student cancels their accommodation more than two weeks (14 days) before their arrival date they are entitled to a full refund of their pre-paid rent for both Homestay and CossyStay accommodation. If a student cancels their accommodation more than two days (48 hours) but less than two weeks (14 days) before their arrival date they are entitled to: a part refund of their pre-paid Homestay rent (they forfeit their Placement Fee and 2 weeks rent); and a part refund of their CossyStay rent (they forfeit $350.00). If a student cancels their accommodation less than 2 days (48 hours) before their arrival date they are not entitled to any refund. (they forfeit all their pre-paid rent).

OSHC Refunds

Agents’ Fee Refunds

If a student cancels or withdraws from a course after the commencement date they may submit a refund application directly to the OSCH fund.

Agents will forfeit all rights to Agent Commission payment for courses students fail to commence.

Refund Procedures

On-shore students may apply for a refund by completing and submitting on-line an ECA

Refund/Withdrawal Form

If the applicant is enrolled in a package course the application for withdrawal will be transferred to the provider of the student’s Principle Course for determination:

If the Principle Course provider’s determination is in the negative the application for withdrawal from the ZBA feeder courses will similarly be rejected and the student will be notified, such notification including advice relating to the right to and mode of submitting an Internal Appeal. If the Principle Course Provider’s determination is to approve withdrawal, the application for withdrawal from the ZBA feeder courses will be approved and the student will be informed. Applications for withdrawal from the ZBA courses and refunds will be processed within two weeks (ten working days) and, if successful, progressed with recommendations to the Accounts Manager for determination of the refund application. Applications may be made for the refund of fees and charges on the ground of exceptional circumstances which provide compassionate and compelling reasons for withdrawal from a course. Such applications will be considered on a case by case basis. All Applications for a Refund will be determined by the Accounts Manager and will normally be processed within twenty working days (four weeks) of the Application being made. Where this is not possible the student will be informed. On determination of the application the student will be informed in writing and, if the determination rejects a full refund, information will be provided informing the student of their right to make an Internal Appeal against the decision and the means of submitting such an appeal.
If a student is not satisfied with the outcome of an application for a refund of fees, the student may appeal within 20 working days (four weeks) by submitting a completed Student Appeal Form with full supporting documentation to the Accounts Manager. All Internal Appeals relating to the refund of fees, will normally be processed by the Accounts Manager within twenty working days (four weeks) of the Appeal being made. Where this is not possible the student will be informed. On determination of an Internal Appeal the student will be informed in writing and, if the determination rejects the Internal Appeal, the student will be informed of their right to, and the means of submitting an External Appeal to the Overseas Student Ombudsman. All Approved Refunds will be paid within two weeks (10 working days) of their being approved. Refunds will be made in Australian dollars and the Academy reserves the right to make refunds payable in the country of origin. Agency fees, if applicable, will not be refunded. Where an international student requests that the refund is made payable to a relative or other person in Australia, this will only be granted if documentary evidence proves that the relative or other person paid the tuition fees. This agreement, and the availability of complaints and appeals processes, does not remove the right of the student to take action under Australia’s consumer protection laws.

ZBA REFUNDS POLICY, PROCEDURES AND ACTIONS: Student Guide 
Schedule A, Visa Issues: Visa Application Rejection or Processing Delay; Visa Cancellation or Breach; Change of Visa Status
Situation Refund
Student's visa application is rejected. (We will need to sight a verified letter from the Australian Embassy/Consulate rejecting the application). Full Refund: Tuition Fees * for cancelled course/s
Full Refund: OSHC Fee.
Student withdraws their visa application on request from ECA. Full Refund: Tuition Fees* for cancelled course/s
Full Refund: OSHC Fee.
Student cannot start their course on time because the Visa Application processing is delayed by circumstances beyond the student's control. No Refund: ECA will defer enrolment and provide new documentation for the next Commencement Date if Application for Deferral of Enrolment is submitted.
Student's visa is cancelled because they fail to comply with enrolment conditions or breach their visa conditions. No Refund of Unspent Tuition and Materials Fees for current course and any subsequent package course for which fees have been pre-paid.
No Refund: OSHC Fee.
Schedule B. Provider Default: ECA/APIC/ZBA/ZBA Fails to Start the Agreed Course or is Unable to Deliver it in Full
Situation Refund
ECA cancels a course and does not offer an equivalent alternative course at no extra cost. Full Refund: Tuition Fees *
Full Refund: OSHC Fee.
ECA Cancels the Agreed Course but offers an alternative equivalent course at no extra cost to the student.
Student chooses to Accept the offer of the alternative course.
No Refund: Student issued LoO for the alternative course. The pre-paid tuition fees will be fully refunded and the student will be invoiced for the alternative course fees, or on the student’s request, the pre-paid fees will be transferred from discontinued course to alternative course.
Student issued CoE for the equivalent alternative course.
ECA Cancels the Agreed Course but offers an equivalent alternative course at no extra cost to the student. Student Rejects Offer.
Student chooses to pursue an alternative course with another provider.
No Refund of Unspent Tuition Fees for current course and any subsequent package course for which fees have been pre-paid, subject to Appeal.
Schedule C, Student Default: Course Withdrawal/Release Package Program Courses
Situation Refund
Cancellation/Withdrawal before or after the Commencement Date of a course which is part of a package program. No Refund: Paid Course Tuition and Non-tuition Fees for the course withdrawn from and any subsequent package courses.
Full Refund: OSHC Fee is withdrawal is before course commencement date.
No Refund: OSHC Fee if withdrawal is after course commencement date.
Cancellation of CoE and Reporting for breach of student visa conditions, conditions of enrolment and/or National Standards (Unsatisfactory Attendance, Unsatisfactory Academic Progress, Non-payment of Fees, etc.) No Refund: Paid Course Tuition and Non-tuition Fees for the course withdrawn from and any subsequent package courses.
No Refund: OSHC Fee.
Cancellation/Withdrawal due to demonstrated Compassionate and/or Compelling Circumstances. Full Refund: (if withdrawal is before course start date): Tuition Fees *
Part Refund: Unspent Tuition Fees for current course at time of withdrawal if withdrawal is after course commencement date.
Full Refund: OSHC Fee if withdrawal is before course commencement date.
No Refund: OSHC Fee if withdrawal is after course commencement date.
Schedule D, Student Default: Course Withdrawal/Release Non-Package Courses
Situation Refund
Cancellation/Withdrawal more than 8 weeks (56 days) before the commencement date for a non-package course CoE. Full Refund: Tuition Fees *
Full Refund: OSHC Fee.
Cancellation/Withdrawal more than 4 weeks (28 days) but less than 8 weeks before the commencement date for a non-package course CoE. 75% Refund: Tuition Fees *
Full Refund: Materials Fee and OSHC Fee.
Cancellation/Withdrawal more than 2 weeks (14 days) but less than 4 weeks before the commencement date for a non-package course CoE. 50% Refund: Tuition Fees *
Full Refund: Materials Fee and OSHC Fee.
Cancellation/Withdrawal less than 2 weeks (14 days) before initial course start date or after the official course commencement date. No Refund: Tuition Fees OR CoE Security Deposit & Materials Fee
Full Refund: OSHC Fee if cancellation is before official commencement date.
No Refund: OSHC Fee if cancellation is after official commencement date.
Cancellation of CoE and Reporting for breach of student visa conditions, conditions of enrolment and/or National Code Standards (Unsatisfactory Attendance, Unsatisfactory Academic Progress, Non-payment of Fees, etc.) No Refund: Tuition Fees OR CoE Security Deposit & Materials Fee.
No Refund: OSHC Fee.
Cancellation/Withdrawal due to demonstrated Compassionate and/or Compelling Circumstances. Full Refund: (if withdrawal is before course commencement date): Tuition Fees *
Part Refund: (if withdrawal is after course commencement date): Unspent Tuition Fees for course at time of withdrawal,
Full Refund: OSHC Fee if withdrawal is before course commencement date.
No Refund: OSHC Fee if withdrawal is after course commencement date.
Schedule E, Accommodation Problems
Situation Refund
Cancellation more than 2 weeks (10 working days) before student’s arrival date. Full Refund: Pre-paid rent for Homestay and CozzyStay.
Cancellation from 2 days (48 hours) to 2 weeks before student’s arrival date. Part Refund: Homestay forfeits Placement Fee and 2 weeks Rent.
Part Refund: CozzyStay: forfeits $350.00.
Cancellation less than 48 hours before or after student’s arrival date. No Refund.
* Tuition Fees OR CoE Security Deposit plus Enrolment and Materials Fees for the cancelled course/s minus the lesser of 5% of the amount of Course Fees received before the default date or $500.

Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances

Compassionate and Compelling Circumstances are situations which are generally beyond the control of the student and which have an adverse impact on the student’s capacity and/or ability to: commence their course on the scheduled start date, but within two weeks of that date; or to attend scheduled classes for a significant period of time during the enrolment period.

Such circumstances include, but are not limited to: Inability to begin studying at the scheduled date due to the late issue of a student’s visa and consequent delay in travel to Australia; serious illness or injury, where a verified medical certificate states that the student was unable to attend on the commencement date and/or for a significant time through the course; bereavement of close family members such as parents, siblings or grandparents (where possible a death certificate should be provided); the student recently giving birth or a student’s partner recently giving birth, thus preventing commencement on the published start date or attendance for some time through the course (with supporting documentation); major political upheaval or natural disaster in the home country preventing their departure for Australia, or requiring their emergency travel to their home country; and a traumatic experience.

Evidence

All applications for special leave must be supported by documentary evidence which will vary with regard to the specific circumstances, but could include: relevant DIBP visa documents; relevant travel documents; relevant media reports relating to a natural disaster impacting on a student’s area of residence; a relevant medical, Death or birth Certificate; a police incident report; a social worker’s report; and/or a psychologist’s report. Certificates not written in English must be translated into English by approved NAATI translators.

ZBA Student Code of Conduct

Zenith Business Academy is based on the principles of equity, mutual respect and shared responsibility, and prides itself on the diversity of its students and staff. ZBA expects students to understand and meet these basic principles of behaviour. To assist in meeting these objectives ZBA has established clear standards for student’s interpersonal and academic conduct.

Anti-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity ZBA is committed to ensuring that all students have equal opportunities and are free from discrimination on any of the following grounds: race, colour, nationality, ethnic or ethno-religious background, gender, religious beliefs, age, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation and/or disability. In ensuring that these objectives are met ZBA is guided by the Commonwealth (Australian) anti-discrimination legislation, the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, New South Wales anti-discrimination and the Anti-Discrimination Board of NSW. These commitments apply equally to all ZBA staff and students, and we all have a responsibility to treat everyone else fairly and without discrimination.

The ZBA National Principal and/or Course Coordinators are responsible for ZBA compliance and for ensuring these commitments are met, and investigating any examples of unfair and discriminatory behaviour, and any complaints about unfair or discriminatory behaviour. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and treated unfairly you should first try to resolve the problem informally, but if this fails you are encouraged to make a formal complaint by filling in the ZBA Student Complaint Form. Privacy and Use of personal information During your application and enrolment ZBA collected personal and health information, such as academic history, financial and other personal details, in order to meet our obligations under the ESOS Act and the National Code 2007; and to ensure that students comply with the conditions of their visas and their obligations under Australian immigration laws generally. ZBA has to ensure compliance with relevant Commonwealth (Australian) and New South Wales Privacy legislation, especially the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act).

ZBA and Education Centre of Australia acts to ensure that this personal information is protected against loss, unauthorised access, use, modification or disclosure, other misuse, as required by law and generally accepted industry standards. However, no system is 100% secure and to the extent permitted by law, ECA and ZBA exclude any liability in contract, tort or otherwise for any security breach. The privacy laws and regulations laws of Australia and New South Wales require and authorise ECA and ZBA to provide certain information to the Australian Government, designated authorities and the TPS. In certain identified instances the laws require and/or authorise the disclosure of information collected on your Application Form or during your enrolment without your consent.

ZBA and ECA may engage other companies to provide services, such as an offshore cloud-based electronic storage service, and those companies may require access to personal information to perform the service. It should be noted that when such disclosures are made to entities located outside Australia they are not required to comply with Australian privacy laws. ZBA staff at times may require access to students’ personal information. Such access will be restricted to those staff who need the information in order to carry out their responsibilities in the personal and/or academic interests of students. If a student is alleged to have committed an offence, ZBA and/or ECA may be requested to assist the police or other authorized persons by providing personal information about that student for enforcement of the law. In a situation where disclosure of your personal information is necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and or imminent threat to your life or health or the life or health of another person, the disclosure of information will be approved by the Principal Executive Officer of ECA.

ZBA will not release any information it holds about students aged 18 years and over to other parties, even to parents or close relatives, without securing prior permission from the student. You are required to contact us if your personal and contact details change, or if you believe the information we have about you is not accurate. You may seek access to personal and health information held by ZBA and ECA by contacting the Student Services office. Formal access applications under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act can be made to the Zenith Business Academy’s National Principal. ZBA takes all reasonable steps to destroy hard copies of personal information that are no longer required, and destruction of personal information is undertaken by secured means.

Interpersonal Conduct

Students are required to:

    • Maintain the self-confidence and esteem of others.
    • Preserve your own dignity, self-respect and confidence.
    • Act with honesty and integrity.
    • Be considerate, polite and courteous.
    • Take responsibility for your actions.
    • Treat others with dignity and respect at all times, and especially when there is disagreement.
    • Treat others fairly and without discrimination, regardless of their race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnicity, citizenship, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
    • Respect the rights of others and protect your own rights.
    • Respect differences in people, their ideas and opinions.
    • Respect the privacy and confidentiality of staff and students.
    • Take appropriate measures to help those in need.
    • Refrain from harassment (sexual, racial, religious, etc.).
    • Refrain from bullying.
    • Refrain from abusive, threatening language.
    • Show proper care and regard for the property of others, ECA and ZBA.
    • Refrain from bringing anything to school that may compromise the safety of others.
    • Adhere to required dress and safety standards.
    • Have your student ID card with you at all times in the college.

Show your student ID card when asked by ZBA staff members.

Respect the restrictions on consuming food and drinks in classrooms.

The laws of New South Wales do not permit smoking indoors, and there are severe limits on smoking outside the building foyer and forecourt. These public health restrictions must be observed.

Academic Conduct

Students are required to:

  • Respect the need of others to work in an environment of learning and teaching.
  • It is polite to speak English in areas where you are around people of different nationalities, especially during classes.
  • Come to school prepared, on time and ready to learn.
  • Turn off mobile phones during classes and assessments.
  • Attend and Leave classes at the scheduled times or with the permission of your trainer/assessor.
  • Refrain from disruptive behaviour during class or in an assessment activity.
  • Give all class members the opportunity to listen in a quiet, non-disruptive environment.
  • Do not come to class under the influence of drugs (prohibited substances) or alcohol.
  • Bring all resources and equipment required to complete learning and assessment.
  • Follow trainer/assessor instructions at all times, especially during assessment activities.
  • Complete assessment activities within the time frame given.
  • Provide factual and honest information in connection with course progress and enrolment.
  • Refrain from copying or plagiarizing in assessment activities.
  • Refrain from talking to other students during the assessment events where it is not permitted by the assessor.
  • Do not submit someone else’s work as your own.
  • Do not allow others to copy from your work where this is not allowed.
  • Refrain from using your mobile phone during an assessment event.
  • Attend all the scheduled assessment activities unless you have legitimate medical or compassionate and compelling reasons.

Authorities, Procedures and Penalties

ZBA and ECA Staff, Trainers and Assessor may ask student(s) to leave a class and/or building where it is deemed necessary in relation to with any breaches outlined above. Students may be reported to and/or taken to the Course Coordinator, National Principal or Campus Director.

The National Principal and/or a Course Coordinator will investigate alleged breaches of the ZBA Student Code of Conduct. If sufficiently proved, and depending on the nature and seriousness of the breach, the National Principal will at his/her discretion decide the consequences of or punishment for the breach.

The consequences may include, but not be limited to:

  • Being placed on ZBA probation;
  • Temporary exclusion from classes;
  • Failure of a Unit for repeated instances of copying and plagiarizing in that Unit’s assessments;
  • Temporary Suspension of enrolment;
  • Cancellation of enrolment;
  • Reporting to the relevant educational and/or immigration authorities;
  • Referral to the PEO; and/or
  • Referral to the police for further action.

Suspension or Cancellation of Student Enrolment

Severe Breach of Student Code of Conduct Severe breaches of the Student Code of Conduct may result in a student’s temporary exclusion from classes, or temporary suspension or cancellation of enrolment and notification of the appropriate authorities by entry on PRISMS. If it is decided that a student’s enrolment should be either suspended or cancelled, the student will be notified in writing, informed of the reasons for the intended action, and informed of their right to enter both the Internal and External Appeal processes. A student will not have their enrolment suspended or cancelled until any Appeals processes initiated by the student are resolved in favour of ZBA. Students may be suspended from classes for the period of any Appeals processes entered by a student. Severe breaches of the code of conduct include, but are not limited to:

  • Physical assault and/or threatening to inflict serious bodily harm.
  • Bullying.
  • Any form of abuse and/or harassment (sexual, racial, etc.).
  • Threatening or intimidating staff or students.
  • Directing inappropriate or disrespectful language at any ZBA staff member.
  • Obstructing any staff in performing their duties.
  • Acts of vandalism.
  • Being in the possession of, or under the influence of illegal drugs, or under the influence of alcohol.
  • Contravening federal, state or local law.
  • Breaking the Academic Code of Conduct (see above)
  • Soliciting students or staff for the purpose of personal gain.
  • Accompanying unauthorized person(s) onto the college premises.
  • Compromising the privacy and confidentiality of others.
  • Refusing to leave the class when asked to do so by a trainer/assessor.
  • Failing to comply with student visa requirements (including poor attendance, lack of academic progress) and failing to respond positively to academic counselling and intervention strategies.

Reporting to the Police

Police will be involved in the following cases:

  • Possession of a weapon, including, but not limited to firearms.
  • Use of a weapon to cause bodily harm, or to threaten serious harm.
  • Trafficking in drugs or weapons.
  • Robbery.
  • Acts of vandalism causing extensive damage to school property or property located on school premises.
  • Physical assault causing bodily harm requiring professional medical treatment.
  • Sexual assault.
  • Racial, ethnic and/or religious abuse and harassment.

Complaints and Appeals

I understand and that I have an entitlement to make internal and external complaints about facilities, behavioural and academic matters and to make internal and external appeals against decisions relating to academic and administrative matters, outcomes of complaints, and disciplinary matters. I understand that if I want to lodge an external appeal I can do so with the Overseas Student Ombudsman. The Overseas Students Ombudsman is free and independent. Find out more at [www.oso.gov.au or phone 1300 362 072.]