What is CRICOS?
The official list of all Australian educational institutions approved to provide courses to foreigners with student visas studying in Australia is called CRICOS. Visit the CRICOS website, which includes a list of accredited providers and accredited courses, for additional details.
How do I apply to have my company register with CRICOS?
Only accredited higher education institutions may submit an application to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) for CRICOS registration.
To do so, you need to access the TEQSA Provider Portal and candidates must email firstname.lastname@example.org.
After that, the portal will offer the CRICOS registration application form and a Confirmed Evidence Table for Initial CRICOS Registration, which provides comprehensive information about the evidence needed to support your application.
If approved, TEQSA will review the application and provide a CRICOS enrollment period.
Important information: TEQSA requires that providers make sure applications contain all of the evidence listed in the confirmed evidence table due to the large volume of papers and evidence involved with CRICOS registration applications. TEQSA will ask for further documentation to assess if an application lacks or does not have all the required supporting documentation, which could cause the assessment to take longer to complete.
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What obligations does TEQSA have in relation to CRICOS?
TEQSA is one of the agencies for the Education Services for Overseas (ESOS) following the ESOS Act:
- Higher education institutions must adhere to the TEQSA Act 2011
- A registered higher education provider must teach the English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) or have an admission agreement with them
- Providers of Foundation Program (except in schools).
TEQSA is accountable to these providers for:
- Evaluating requests for providers and courses to register or re-register with CRICOS
- Evaluating further CRICOS applications, such as those to increase student capacity or establish a new delivery site
- Monitoring and correcting when there is a violation of the ESOS Act or the 2018 National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students (National Code)
What factors are taken into account by TEQSA when assessing agreements with other providers (third party arrangements)?
Higher education providers with a third party arrangement (in Australia or abroad) to deliver all or part of a course must have efficient management and quality assurance procedures. When evaluating a request, TEQSA will take into account:
- Background information about all parties to the agreement
- The provider’s justification for signing the TPA and proof of the provider’s diligence
- The nature and purpose of the agreement, how it will maintain adherence to the National Code Standards, and specific details regarding each party’s obligations
- How the provider will keep an eye on the third party through its surveillance and quality assurance procedures
- How the provider intends to minimise quality risks
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