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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) states that we may charge fees to higher education providers on a cost recovery basis for a number of activities and functions.

We operate on a cost-recovery basis, consistent with the Australian Government Charging Framework.

Under this legislation, fees are charged for the following activities:

  • Preliminary Assessments of Application for registration as a higher education provider
  • Substantive Assessments of Application for registration as a higher education provider
  • Renewal of Registration Applications
  • Applications for change of Provider Category (if an applicant is registered in provider category)
  • Applications to TEQSA as a designated authority for a recommendation that an approved provider be registered to provide a course at a location 
  • Applications to self-accredit one or more courses of study
  • Preliminary Assessments of Application for accreditation of a course of study
  • Substantive Assessments of Application for accreditation of a course of study 
  • Applications for renewal of Accreditation for a course of study
  • Applications to vary or revoke a Condition of registration or accreditation
  • Applications for TEQSA, as a designated authority, to approve proposed changes to arrangements with other providers or to the maximum number of students that a provider can enrol 
  • Applications for internal review of a decision made by delegates of TEQSA.

More detail on our fees and charges can be found in the TEQSA Act’s Determination of Fees.

How to pay

All applications must include the full payment for the service being provided.

Assessments of applications will not commence until payment has been received in full.

Payment must be made by:

  • electronic bank transfer to BSB: 093-003, Account no: 110520, Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, Official Administered Receipts Account. 
  • TEQSA's ABN is 50 658 250 012.


  • a receipt will not be issued unless requested
  • payment by credit card is not accepted
  • fees do not attract GST.

Withdrawal of application and refunds

If an applicant withdraws their application for registration or accreditation, neither the preliminary assessment application fees or the substantive assessment application fees are refundable (subsections 19(3), 20(3), 47(2) and 48(2) of the TEQSA Act).

NOTE: No other fees are refundable.

Fee waiver or payment plan

TEQSA has limited discretion to waive fees as stated in Schedule B of the TEQSA Act Determination of Fees.

NOTE: No payment plans are available.

Cost recovery implementation

TEQSA's Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) provides information on how we implement cost recovery for:

  • registration (and re-registration) of higher education providers
  • accreditation (and re-accreditation) of higher education courses
  • applications in relation to inclusion on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). 

Further details about cost recovery implementation.

More information

If you have any questions about our Fee Schedule and Fee Policy, contact enquiries [at] teqsa.gov.au or your case manager.