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TEQSA will waive or reimburse fees and charges for registered providers

23 April 2020

The Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, and the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP on 12 April 2020 announced a package of measures to lift the financial pressures on higher education providers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of these measures, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) will:

  • waive fees and charges that have been invoiced since 1 January 2020, through 30 June 2021
  • reimburse any payments already made for invoices issued since 1 January 2020.

Excluded from these relief measures are TEQSA fees related to:

  • initial registration as a registered higher education provider
  • initial registration under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 
  • initial accreditation of a course, where the applicant is not a registered higher education provider.*

Invoices already issued for these services are excluded from fee relief and require payment in full. Payment of fees for these services will continue to be required.

The relief measures also include postponing TEQSA’s move to full cost recovery until 1 July 2021. TEQSA will consult stakeholders about changes to its fees and charges toward the end of 2020.

The table below shows how the fee relief measures apply to each of TEQSA’s fees. TEQSA is currently undertaking work to implement these relief measures as quickly as possible. TEQSA will contact providers that have paid fees in 2020 to arrange a refund. TEQSA will keep stakeholders informed of progress and updated timeframes via this website and other communication channels.

More information on CRICOS-related fee relief is available on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

* Fees related to initial accreditation of courses are waived for providers that are already registered with TEQSA.

 

Fees Waived from 1 January 2020 to 30 June 2021, as part of COVID-19 relief measures
Preliminary Assessments of Application for registration as a higher education provider No
Substantive Assessments of Application for registration as a higher education provider No

Renewal of Registration Applications

Yes
Applications for change of Provider Category  Yes
Applications to TEQSA as an ESOS agency for initial registration under the ESOS Act No
Applications to TEQSA as an ESOS agency for renewal of registration under the ESOS Act Yes
Applications to self-accredit one or more courses of study Yes
Preliminary Assessments of Application for accreditation of a course of study (existing provider) Yes
Preliminary Assessments of Application for accreditation of a course of study (prospective provider) No
Substantive Assessments of Application for accreditation of a course of study (existing provider) Yes
Substantive Assessments of Application for accreditation of a course of study (prospective provider) No
Applications for renewal of Accreditation for a course of study Yes
Applications to vary or revoke a Condition of registration or accreditation Yes
Applications for internal review of a decision made by delegates of TEQSA Yes