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Application Guide for Self-Accrediting Authority

Version 3.3
18 March 2019


This guide provides information about and explains the process applicants will need to follow when applying to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) for self-accrediting authority (SAA) for one or more higher education courses of study. It covers:

  • TEQSA’s approach to SAA, and
  • key stages in the process.

This guide describes the process for applying for SAA, preferably concurrently with renewal of registration. Please contact your case manager to discuss whether or not you are in a position to apply for the concurrent process. 

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.