Approval to Provide Courses for Overseas Students - Victoria


You will need this approval if you operate a school, university or another education organisation and intend to provide courses for overseas students. Your application will be assessed against the relevant Acts, guidelines and standards.

International students have to complete an English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) before entering into an approved school. You will need this approval to run an ELICOS program.

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 all the national legislative requirements
  • pay the required fees
  • submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Agency.


Up to five years


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Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.


Application process


Please lodge your application and any supporting documentation directly with the Agency. You will need to attach to your application form:

  • a copy of a Certificate of Registration of a Company, a Certificate of Registration of a Business Name (if different from the legal entity) or a Certificate of Incorporation as appropriate
  • a copy of a memorandum of understanding with all providers who will be involved in providing the course/s, the role played by each provider in the delivery of the course/s and duty of care responsibilities, if applicable
  • evidence of NEAS (National English Language Teaching Accreditation Scheme) candidacy as well as details of the fees to be charged for the ELICOS (English language intensive course/s to overseas students) program, if applicable
  • copies of the policies and procedures documents as evidence of compliance with all the standards
  • if you are not in receipt of Commonwealth funding, provide evidence of your indemnity arrangements.

Administering agency

Department of Education and Training

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

Contact details

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