In addition to the Schedule 5A limitations on prerequisite ELICOS, Schedule 2 specifies the maximum period of aggregate ELICOS studies an AL 3, 4 or 5 student may undertake. In considering subclass 570-575 criteria, the aggregate period of ELICOS studies must not exceed:
• 60 weeks - if a student is subject to AL 3
• 40 weeks - if a student is subject to AL 4 or 5.
In calculating whether an applicant will exceed the maximum permissible period of ELICOS studies, officers must take into account the total period of ELICOS the applicant is seeking to undertake, together with the aggregate period of any ELICOS the applicant has previously undertaken as the holder of a subclass 570-576 visa or subsequent bridging visa - see section 70 Calculating the maximum period allowed. Overseas officers can confirm previous ELICOS study by referring to previous eCoEs on PRISMS. There is no limit on the maximum aggregate period of ELICOS studies for AL 1 or 2 applicants in any student visa subclass.
70.1 Tuition weeks to be considered
Under policy, in calculating the maximum period of ELICOS undertaken by an AL 3-5 applicant, officers may exclude course breaks from the calculation if the applicant provides:
• a copy of an eCoE with the length of breaks noted in the comments section by the education provider or
• other satisfactory evidence confirming the length of breaks.
If this evidence is not provided, or is not satisfactory, officers should calculate the length of ELICOS from the course start and end dates on the eCoE. Depending on the course structure, a mid-semester break may also be acceptable. Education providers should specify the length of any breaks under the comments section of the eCoE.