Applying under the new Standards

The new Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework 2015) apply from 1 January 2017. All registered higher education providers must be compliant with the new HES Framework 2015 from 1 January 2017.

Information on the new HES Framework 2015 (including TEQSA's contextual overview) is now available.

From a regulatory perspective, all applications submitted: 

Please note

The application guides on this page are for applications on or after 1 January 2017 for assessment against the HES Framework 2015.

The first set of online forms for applications to be assessed against the HES Framework 2015 have been released as beta forms for a six month consultation period. These are the forms for registration, course accreditation, renewal of accreditation and renewal of registration. These new forms are supported by a range of templates (see below for examples).

On 30 November 2016 these new ‘beta’ forms were assigned on a ‘like for like’ basis to registered providers (i.e. if the provider was already assigned the course accreditation online form for the current standards, the provider was also assigned the new equivalent beta online form for HES Framework 2015).  Forms for prospective providers are being made available selectively on a pilot basis. Providers should contact their case manager or with questions.

Supporting materials for online applications

Application guides

TEQSA appreciates the constructive feedback received to date on the above application guides relating to the new HES Framework. While the the beta consultation period has now closed for the above guides, comments are still welcome. Please direct any feedback to

The beta online forms for the HES Framework 2015 are supported by the following materials:

Guidance note 


The below sets of templates are downloadable in PDF format for reference only. Usable templates are available within the online application forms in the TEQSA portal.

For prospective higher education providers applying for initial registration
For registered higher education providers