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Applying for CRICOS registration

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What is CRICOS?

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) is an official Australian Government website which lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to students studying in Australia on student visas. CRICOS also lists the courses registered for delivery to international students offered by each provider.

For more information visit the CRICOS website.

What are TEQSA’s responsibilities in regard to CRICOS?

Under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act), TEQSA has responsibility for:

  • higher education providers registered under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act)
  • English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) delivered by, or in entry arrangement with, registered higher education providers
  • providers of Foundation Programs (except in schools).

To become registered to deliver courses to overseas students (which TEQSA is responsible for), providers must apply to us for CRICOS registration. The application must include the courses and locations in its scope of registration. CRICOS registered providers can only offer courses to overseas students who have an Australian student visa.

For more information on the ESOS Act and associated legal framework visit our ESOS Act page.

Who can apply for inclusion on CRICOS?

Only registered higher education providers can apply to TEQSA for inclusion on CRICOS. This registration period cannot exceed seven years.

Before submitting

It is essential that applicants read the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 before submitting an application to TEQSA.

Supporting materials for CRICOS applications

Details of supporting materials required are included in all CRICOS applications available via the Provider Portal. 

Providers can contact the CRICOS team at CRICOS [at] teqsa.gov.au for enquiries related to additional supporting materials or if access to online applications from the Provider Portal is required. 

NOTE: Application forms must be submitted in the approved format via the Provider Portal, include all information requested, and be accompanied by the required fee. See more information on our fees page.

Please note that an application to change student capacity on CRICOS no longer incur fees.

Marketing new courses undergoing CRICOS registration

Courses should not be promoted to prospective students until they have been registered on CRICOS.

Any reference by providers, on their websites or in any other published material, to a course that is still subject to CRICOS registration may be misleading and considered a breach of Section 8 of the ESOS Act. Further, providers must not actively market a course to overseas students if it is not registered for delivery at that location on CRICOS.