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Applying to change provider category

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Category Standards Review

Following the outcomes of the Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards, the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Category Standards and Other Measures) Bill 2020 proposes amendments to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), which may lead to alterations in the categories and the related standards. Until such time as the Bill has passed through the Parliament, the below information and application guides remain in force. 

The Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework) makes provision for the following provider categories:

  • Higher education provider
  • Australian university
  • Australian university college
  • Australian university of specialisation
  • Overseas university
  • Overseas university of specialisation.

Registered higher education providers can apply to change the category in which they are registered under Section 38 of the TEQSA Act. Under the provisions of Section 38, TEQSA can also change the category in which a provider is registered.

There is no requirement for a registered provider to change category. All providers become ‘registered higher education providers’ in accordance with the TEQSA Act.

An existing registered higher education provider can apply for a change of provider registration category by completing and submitting the relevant application form. Applications must be on the approved form, include all information requested, and be accompanied by the applicable fee and payment/invoice form. See more information on our fees page.

All applications are subject to an assessment process, which will have regard to the provider’s ability to meet the requirements of the HES Framework, including the particular provider category applied for.

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.

Category Standards Review

The Department of Education is currently conducting a review of the Provider Category Standards, which may lead to alterations in the categories and the related standards.