Approval of Overseas Student Exchange Organisations - Victoria


You will need this approval to establish an overseas student exchange organisation that offers student exchange programs into and out of Victoria. A student exchange organisation has the purpose of broadening students' educational experiences and inter-cultural understanding.

This approval applies to exchanges for secondary school programs only. An exchange organisation allows overseas students to study within Victoria for a period ranging from twenty-nine days up to one year.

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 approval, you must:

  • meet certain Commonwealth standards
  • be a suitable school, person, or organisation
  • meet obligations imposed by the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students
  • correctly complete an application form and provide the required documentation
  • be willing to abide by any conditions or restrictions placed on your approval by the Agency
  • pay any required fees.


Up to six years


Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Fees will vary according to the number of students. Please consult the responsible agency for more information.

Other resources

Application process


Please lodge your application form, fees and any associated documents directly with the Agency.

Approval time

You must apply at least six months before the intended date of enrolment for the overseas students, although approval can take up to five years.

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Contact details

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