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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 the official register of all Australian education providers that are permitted to offer courses to students studying in Australia on student visas.

For more information visit the CRICOS website which lists registered providers and registered courses.

What are TEQSA’s responsibilities in regard to CRICOS?

Under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act), TEQSA is the ESOS agency 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).

For these providers, TEQSA is responsible for:

  • Assessing applications for CRICOS registration and re-registration for providers and courses
  • Assessing other CRICOS applications, for example to add a new delivery site or to make changes to student capacity
  • Monitoring compliance with the ESOS Act and the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code) and taking action where there is non-compliance. 

Only registered higher education providers can apply to TEQSA for registration on CRICOS. 

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 applying for CRICOS registration

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 deciding to apply for CRICOS registration.

Applicants will need to contact cricos [at] teqsa.gov.au to gain access to the TEQSA Provider Portal. 

The CRICOS Registration application form and a Confirmed Evidence Table for Initial CRICOS Registration, which contains detailed information regarding the evidence required to support your application, will then be made available via the Portal. 

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.

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.

Further information

For more information on applying for CRICOS registration, see our CRICOS Frequently Asked Questions.