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Application Guide for Initial Registration as a New Higher Education Provider

Version 3.13
6 September 2017


This guide provides information about and explains the process new providers will need to follow when applying to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to be registered in the category of higher education provider for the first time. It covers:

  • applications for initial registration, and
  • applications for initial course accreditation.

Applications from new providers are considered under Part 3, Division 1 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act). Applications for course accreditation are considered under Part 4 of the TEQSA Act.

Each new provider will need to demonstrate that they meet the relevant Standards contained in Part A of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework). All new providers will also need to meet all the criteria for the Higher Education Provider Category (Part B1.1), and new providers applying for one of the University categories (Parts B1.1-1.4) will need to meet the additional criteria for one of those categories.

An application for registration as a Higher Education Provider must be accompanied by an application for accreditation of at least one course of study.

The Standards in Part A that apply to an application for registration and course accreditation for the first time are indicated in the tables of evidence in Appendix A of this guide, together with the corresponding evidence requirements. Appendix A Table 1 summarises the differences between the Standards that apply to each application.

The evidence required will be documented by TEQSA in the form of the Confirmed Evidence Table for Registration and the Confirmed Evidence Table for Initial Course Accreditation, and sent to you.

For assistance in understanding the requirements of the HES Framework, new providers should refer to the guidance in TEQSA’s Higher Education Standards Framework 2015 section in the first instance, which includes an overview of each Domain of the HES Framework.

Detailed guidance notes can be found on the Guidance notes page.