Approval to Provide Courses for Overseas Students - New South Wales

Service summary

You will require this approval if you are a school provider and you intend to deliver course(s) to international students, who hold a student visa, enrolled at the school. This includes school courses and Non-Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Award English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) where provided in the capacity as a school.

A NSW school provider offers course levels for either:

  • primary school
  • junior secondary
  • senior secondary certificate of education
  • non-AQF award (qualifications that are not government quality assured and not accredited by the Australian higher education or vocational education and training accreditation authorities).

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 offer these courses your organisation will need to be listed on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). CRICOS registration is a two stage process. In NSW the first stage is that the provider and the courses to be delivered are approved by the Board. The second stage is undertaken by the Australian Government. It is at this stage that providers and courses are registered by being listed on the CRICOS website.

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


As specified on the approval.



Fees are listed on the attached document.



Applications are made using RANGS Online. Please see the website for the application procedure.

Administering agency

NSW Education Standards Authority

Act(s) name

Education Act 1990 (New South Wales)

Contact details

Registration and Accreditation Branch
NSW Education Standards Authority

Operating address:
177 Clarence Street
Sydney, New South Wales 2000
Mailing address:
GPO BOX 5300
Sydney, New South Wales 2001


02 9367 8432


02 9367 8399

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