Applying for self-accrediting authority
As part of TEQSA's ongoing commitment to improving our regulatory operations, we are presently updating the Application Guide for Self-Accrediting Authority.
While this work takes place, the previous Application Guide has been withdrawn.
We will inform the sector when the revised Application Guide is available.
TEQSA apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and asks that providers speak with their TEQSA case manager before commencing or submitting a new application.
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.
TEQSA has noted an increase in the number of applications that include evidence that is incomplete or contains errors. Wherever feasible, TEQSA will work with providers to address minor deficiencies during the course of an assessment. However, providers are advised that TEQSA may require incomplete and/or poor quality applications to be withdrawn and resubmitted as new applications with correct evidence, which will restart application processing timeframes.
- Important update: See our Coronavirus (COVID-19) – latest regulatory advice page for relevant updates
Registered Institutes of Higher Education 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:
- interpreting the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 (HES Framework)
- ensuring throughout the development, approval, delivery and discontinuance of a course of study that the HES Framework will be appropriately applied and met.
Institutes of Higher Education 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.
Please note the Application Guide is presently being updated and is not available at this time. TEQSA will inform the sector when the revised Application Guide is available. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and ask that providers speak with their TEQSA case manager before commencing or submitting a new application.
Application forms are available from TEQSA’s Provider Portal. While the Application Guide is being updated, TEQSA asks that providers speak with their case manager before commencing or submitting a new application.
For samples of the forms found on the Provider Portal, contact enquiries [at] teqsa.gov.au.