Other provider categories

The Higher Education Standards Framework, December 2011 (Threshold Standards) makes provision for the following provider categories:

  • Higher Education Provider
  • Australian University
  • Australian University College
  • Australian University of Specialisation
  • Overseas University
  • Overseas University of Specialisation

Section 38 of the TEQSA Act provides that a registered higher education provider may apply to TEQSA to change the category in which the provider is registered. TEQSA may also change the category in which a provider is registered on its own initiative.

A new provider will need to complete a number of application requirements, and, in particular, demonstrate the ability to meet the Threshold Standards, including the requirements under the relevant provider category.

An existing registered higher education provider can apply for a change of provider registration category by completing and submitting the relevant application form.

There is no requirement for a provider currently registered with TEQSA to change provider category. All providers registered with TEQSA become ‘registered higher education providers’ in accordance with the TEQSA Act.

All applications will be subject to an assessment process which will have regard to the provider’s ability to meet the requirements of the Threshold Standards, including of the particular provider category applied for.

Applications must be on the approved form, include all information requested by TEQSA, and must be accompanied by the approved fee and Payment/Invoice Form.

The relevant forms and guides for changing provider category are on the forms and guides page. More information about the requirements to meet in order to change provider category are detailed in the relevant guide document.

Change of category

An existing higher education provider that has been authorised for at least the last five years to self-accredit at least 85 per cent of its total courses of study in one or two broad fields of study – including Masters Degrees (Research) and Doctoral Degrees (Research) in these broad fields of study, may apply to TEQSA to change its category of registration to ‘Australian University of Specialisation’.

A provider that has been authorised for at least the last five years to self-accredit at least 85 per cent of its total course of study, including Masters Degrees (Research) and Doctoral Degrees (Research) in at least three broad fields of study, may apply to TEQSA to change its category of registration to ‘Australian University.’

Providers with or without existing self-accrediting authority may apply to TEQSA to change their category of registration to ‘Australian University College’.

Registration as an Overseas University or Overseas University of Specialisation

Higher education providers that are Overseas Universities and Overseas Universities of Specialisation can apply to be registered to operate in Australia. Overseas Universities and Overseas Universities of Specialisation are higher education providers that offer an overseas higher education award (see sections 5 and 6 of the Provider Category Standards). An ‘overseas higher education award’ is defined in the TEQSA Act as ‘a higher education award offered or conferred (whether solely or jointly) by:

  • a foreign corporation; or
  • a person (other than an individual) established outside of Australia who conducts activities in a Territory; or
  • an individual, who is not an Australian resident, who conducts activities in a Territory.

The forms and guides for registration as Overseas Universities and Overseas Universities of Specialisation can be found on the forms and guides page.

For more information about changing provider category,  contact your Case Manager or enquiries@teqsa.gov.au.