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Accreditation of Courses for CRICOS purposes


The education programs and services delivered to overseas students studying in Australia are referred to as "courses". Providers must apply for accreditation of the courses that they intend to deliver to overseas students. If approved, both the instution and course(s) will appear on the Commonwealth Register of Insitutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

State and Territory regulatory authorities, including TASC, assess applications for education programs and courses to be delivered to overseas students where those courses are:
  • Schools Courses
    State and territory regulatory bodies continue to be the designated authority under ESOS for all school courses. Schools must be registered with the relevant authority to be able to operate as a schools and must be approved to offer school courses to domestic students before applying to register to offer education and training programs to overseas students in Australia.

  • English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS)
    ELICOS provided in the capacity of a school by considering these applications against the requirements of the National Standards for ELICOS providers and courses.

  • Foundation Programs
    Foundation programs provided in the capacity of a school by considering these applications against the requirements of the National Standards for Foundation Programs.


If you wish to offer courses in other sectors to overseas students studying in Australia refer to CRICOS contact information regarding regulatory authorities for details of the regulatory authority for that sector.

An existing provider can apply to add a new course to its scope of registration. Before an accredited course expires the provider will need to apply to add the course again if the provider wants to continue to offer the education program to overseas students. TASC recommends re-applying six months prior to expiry.

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