Applying to change provider category

The Australian Government’s COVID-19 pandemic higher education relief package included TEQSA application fee waivers. As a result, during late 2021 and into 2022, TEQSA received an unprecedented number of applications for registration and applications for course accreditation and renewals. This is likely to lead to extended application processing times into 2023.

TEQSA has noted an increase in the number of applications that include evidence that is incomplete or contains errors. TEQSA will inform a provider if an application submitted to TEQSA is not valid (in terms of not meeting the requirements set out in the relevant legislation) and inform the provider if a new application needs to be made. The timelines for application processing do not commence, and fees will not be incurred by the provider, until a valid application is made.

The Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 (HES Framework) makes provision for the following provider categories:

  • Institute of Higher Education
  • University College
  • Australian University
  • Overseas University.

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

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