Registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) - Australian Government

Service summary

You will require this registration if you intend to operate as an education or training provider that will offer courses to foreign students studying in Australia on student visas. Once you are registered you can only offer courses to overseas students who have an Australian student visa.

Registered higher education providers and those seeking registration as a higher education provider can apply for this registration at the same time as making an application to seek registration as a higher education provider. Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type


A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this registration you must:

  • undergo a risk assessment
  • demonstrate the capacity to provide education of a satisfactory standard, including by having an appropriate business model and access to adequate financial resources
  • be certified as a fit and proper person
  • demonstrate compliance with the national code of practice for registration authorities and providers of education and training to overseas students.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility criteria.


Between 2 to 5 years.



Fees vary depending on individual circumstances. Please consult the Contact Officer for fee information.

Administering agency

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Act(s) name

Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Australian Government)

Regulation(s) name

Education Providers Registration (Overseas Students) Regulations 2001 (Australian Government)

Contact details

General Enquiries
Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Mailing address:
TEQSA GPO Box 1672
Victoria 3001





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