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Notifications and approvals required of CRICOS registered providers

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The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code) requires providers to notify TEQSA of certain events, such as a change of details on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Some notifications have timeframes specified in the National Code and the ESOS Act:

  • Standard 11.3 requires a registered provider to notify its ESOS agency at least 30 days prior to any proposed changes to a registration for a course are to take effect.  This includes proposed changes to:
    • course duration, including holiday breaks
    • modes of study, including on-line, distance or work-based training
    • number of overseas students enrolled at the provider, within the limit or maximum number approved by the ESOS agency for the location and,
    • arrangements with other education providers, including partners, in delivering a course or courses to overseas students
  • Section 17A of the ESOS Act requires a provider to notify TEQSA of the following:
    • any occurrence of an event that would significantly affect the provider’s ability to comply with the Act (subsection 17A(1) within 10 business days after the event occurs (subsection 17A(2)
    • any prospective changes to the ownership of the registered provider as soon as practicable before the changes takes effect (subsection 17A(3)(a)any prospective or actual change in relation to a related person of the provider (subsection 17A(3)(b)
      • if the change cannot be determined until it takes effect, within 10 business days of the change taking effect ((subsection 17A(3)(b)(i) or
      • as soon as practicable before the change takes effect ((subsection 17A(3)(b)(ii)

Notification process

Notifications must be submitted in the approved form via the Provider portal and include all information requested.

NOTE: There are no fees associated with these changes.

Approvals required from TEQSA

CRICOS registered providers must seek approval for the following proposed changes (where TEQSA is the designated authority):

  • changes to arrangements with other providers
  • changes to the maximum number of students that can be enrolled
  • changes to the duration of a CRICOS registered course.

Please see Standard 11 of the National Code 2018.