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Applying for self-accrediting authority

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The Australian Government’s COVID-19 pandemic higher education relief package included TEQSA application fee waivers and the introduction of short courses. As a result, TEQSA has received an unprecedented number of applications in both registration and course accreditation and renewals. TEQSA advises that this is likely to lead to extended application processing times, including well into 2022.


Registered higher education providers can apply for authority to self-accredit one or more courses of study. The authority to self-accredit courses can be granted for all current and future courses, or for specific courses, fields of education and/or levels.

The authority to self-accredit courses is a significant responsibility. Providers who self-accredit their courses of study are accountable for:

Providers who self-accredit their courses are also responsible for ensuring that compliance across all the HES Framework is sustained throughout their higher education operations.

Applications must be on the approved online application form, include all information requested, and be accompanied by the applicable fee and payment/invoice form. See more information on our fees page.

We will assess applications against the criteria in Part B2 of the HES Framework.

Before submitting

It is essential that applicants read the relevant application guide before submitting an application. The application guide explains the process, and gives indicative information about the evidence that will need to be submitted with each application.

Application guides can be accessed at our Application guides and support page.

Application forms

Application forms are available from TEQSA’s Provider Portal. For samples of the forms found on the Provider Portal, contact enquiries [at] teqsa.gov.au