Initial CRICOS registration

To become registered on CRICOS, an applicant can lodge an application for CRICOS registration concurrently with an application to seek registration as a higher education provider and/or an application for accreditation of a course of study.

The current period of CRICOS registration is from two to five years. Recent changes to the ESOS Act allow a maximum registration period of 7 years. This legislative change will come into effect on 1 July 2016. 

Application process

Before commencing an application, please read the ESOS Act and the National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code).

Application documents are available on the forms and guides page. The application must be submitted in the approved form, include all information requested by TEQSA, and be accompanied by the approved fee.

Marketing of new courses undergoing accreditation or CRICOS registration

Providers seeking initial accreditation or CRICOS registration of a course should avoid conveying the impression that the course is accredited or registered, or will be accredited or registered, before the application has been formally approved by TEQSA.

A reference by a provider on its website or in any other published material to a course that is still the subject of an initial accreditation or CRICOS registration application may be misleading and may breach section 111 of the TEQSA Act, Provider Registration Standard 6.3, and section 8 of the ESOS Act.

A provider must not actively market a course to overseas students if the provider is not registered on CRICOS to provide the course, or has an arrangement with another registered provider.

If a provider is contacted by a prospective student, however, the provider may, in line with the Explanatory Guide for the National Code Part D, Standard 1, inform prospective and enrolled students that it has applied for accreditation of a course and/or CRICOS registration and is awaiting an outcome, but must refrain from any suggestions regarding its availability.