Register as a Higher Education Provider - Australian Government


You will need to register as a provider if you are a regulated entity that intends to offer or grant:

  • Australian higher education awards
  • overseas higher education awards, for courses delivered wholly or mainly in Australia.

A regulated entity is a constitutional corporation established by or under a law of the Commonwealth or Territory, or a person who conducts activities in a Territory.

A regulated entity who is, or intends to become, a higher education provider may apply to TEQSA for registration within a particular provider category.

If an application is made, the entity may also apply to TEQSA for a course of study to be accredited.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

The Threshold Standards set out the requirements that a higher education provider must meet in order to be registered by TEQSA to operate in Australia as a higher education provider.


Up to 7 years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees are listed on the attached document.

Act(s) name

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 Australian Government

Regulation(s) name

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 Australian Government

Approval time

TEQSA must, within 30 days after receiving a valid application, advise the applicant whether the application is for the appropriate provider category and whether an application for accreditation of a course of study is required. Upon receiving payment of the substantive assessment application fee, TEQSA must made a decision on the application within 9 months, or a longer period as determined by TEQSA.

Administering agency

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.