TEQSA operates on a cost-recovery basis, consistent with Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines. The legislative basis for this can be found under Part 8, Division 6 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, which states that TEQSA may determine fees for things done in the performance of its functions.
The Fee Determination provides details of the fees TEQSA charges.
Amendment to TEQSA Fee Determination – January 2014
The amended Fee Determination contains the following changes:
- There is now no fee for adding a course to a provider’s CRICOS registration in any circumstances;
- Clarification that there is no fee payable for an application for self-accrediting authority by a provider registered in the Overseas University, Australian University College, Australian University of Specialisation and Overseas University of Specialisation categories; and
- The introduction of a fee of $1,000 for an application to TEQSA for internal review of decisions made by delegates of TEQSA.
How to pay
Full payment of the applicable prescribed fee for the service being provided must accompany the relevant application form. Assessment of an application will not commence until payment is received by TEQSA.
Payment must be made by:
- Electronic transfer to BSB: 093-003, Account no: 110520, 'Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, Official Administered Receipts Account'.
- TEQSA's ABN is 50 658 250 012.
A receipt will not be issued unless requested.
TEQSA does not accept payment by credit card.
TEQSA's fees do not attract GST.
Withdrawal of application and refunds
Under subsections 19(3) and 20(3) of the TEQSA Act, if an applicant withdraws its application for registration, the preliminary assessment application fee and the substantive assessment application fee are not refundable.
Under subsections 47(2) and 48(2) of the TEQSA Act, if an applicant withdraws its application for accreditation, the preliminary assessment application fee and the substantive assessment application fee are not refundable. No other fees are refundable.
Fee waiver or payment plan
TEQSA has limited discretion to waive fees as stated in Schedule B of the Fee Determination.
No payment plans are available.
Cost recovery implementation statement 2015-16
TEQSA's Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) provides information on how the the Agency implements cost recovery for registration (and re-registration) of higher education providers; accreditation (and re-accreditation) of higher education courses; and applications in relation to Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). This is the first CRIS that TEQSA has prepared under the Australian Government Cost Recovery Guidelines (July 2014).
- TEQSA Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2015-16 [PDF, 722KB 17 pages]
- TEQSA Cost Recovery Implementation Statement 2015-16 [DOCX 329KB, 17 pages]
If you have any questions about the TEQSA Fee Schedule and Fee Policy please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your TEQSA Case Manager.
Frequently asked questions about fees
Q1. Why do higher education providers with international students have to pay CRICOS fees?
A1. There are costs associated with reviewing a provider’s request for CRICOS registration, and there are costs associated with ensuring the integrity of the data on CRICOS, so that it meets its objective of being a reliable source of information on higher education courses for international students wanting to study in Australia.
Q2. How were TEQSA’s fees developed?
A2. As the development of these fees necessarily predated the commencement of TEQSA’s regulatory activities, they have been based on TEQSA’s estimate of the costs associated with particular activities, such as staff time, travel and associated costs. TEQSA also considered the fees charged by other agencies, including the state and territory accrediting authorities and the former Australian Universities Quality Agency.
Q3. Are there alternate payment options?
Q4. I am having trouble determining the fee I have to pay. Who can I talk to?
A4. You should contact your TEQSA Case Manager. If you’re not sure who your TEQSA Case Manager is, you can email email@example.com to find out.
Q5. Are the fees GST inclusive?
A5. TEQSA’s fees do not attract GST.
Q6. Can I withdraw an application?
A6. Yes, however the fee is non-refundable.
Q7. Are there any other fees or charges not included on this list?
A7. There are no additional TEQSA charges for travel and associated costs associated with registering or renewing a registration as a provider on CRICOS. There are also no annual TEQSA registration charges. However, providers registered on CRICOS will still be liable for all registration charges under the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Act 1997, which is administered by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
Q8. How are fees calculated for applications involving multiple courses of study?
A8. The online forms for accreditation and renewal of accreditation will require providers to separately list each course of study for which accreditation is sought. Providers will be required to use the prompts provided and include broad, narrow and detailed fields of education (FOE) codes for each course. Each of these courses of study will be treated as separate qualifications for the purpose of accreditation and fees will be applied accordingly. Discounts will be applied to bundled applications involving nested courses in the same detailed field.
More information about FOE codes is available from the TEQSA glossary of terms page.