Approval to Use the Word University in Your Business Name - Australian Government


You will require this approval if you intend to use the word university in your business, company or domain name, advertising, promotional material or any other activity associated with your business, regardless of whether you are offering educational courses.

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

Please consult with the Contact Officer for information on any eligibility requirements.




Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
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Act(s) name

Business Names Registration Act 2011 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Business Names Registration (Availability of Names) Determination 2012 Australian Government

Additional information

Non-universities that want to use the word 'university' in their name have to be approved, where it is clear from their name that they are not purporting to be an education provider.

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training

Higher Education

Contact details

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Please use these contact details for help or more information:


Higher Education

Department of Education and Training

Operating address: 50 Marcus Clarke Street
Australian Capital Territory 2601
Mailing address: GPO BOX 9880
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Toll Free: 1300 566 046
Website: Higher Education (Opens in new window)