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Annual CRICOS registration charges

Introduction

ASQA annual registration charges apply to all Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers that ASQA regulates

Due to recent legislative changes, ASQA’s former annual registration fee was replaced with an annual registration charge which came into effect on 1 July 2017. This change is in name only, the calculation method and structure remain unchanged. Therefore the change will not affect providers. The annual registration charge is designed to recover ASQA’s costs of regulatory activities, to the same extent that was previously recovered by annual registration fees.

RTOs and CRICOS providers will be invoiced their annual registration charges in early July 2017.

Providers registered to deliver both CRICOS and vocational education and training (VET) courses should be aware that annual ASQA CRICOS registration charges are in addition to ASQA’s annual registered training organisation (RTO) registration charge. ASQA invoices these annual charges separately. ASQA’s annual registration charges are also in addition to annual registration charges issued by the Department of Education and Training (DET).

Read more about RTO annual registration charges.

What are ASQA annual CRICOS registration charges?

The annual registration fee is designed to recover the cost of providing a range of regulatory activities. These are necessary for the effective regulation of the international education sector. 

These activities include (but are not limited to):

  • information for providers, including the ASQA Info line and enquiries service and the ASQA website
  • national data collection and analysis, which enables the development of a risk profile for each provider
  • maintenance of provider records, and
  • the processing of applications that have no associated charge.

How are ASQA annual CRICOS registration charges calculated?

Your annual registration charges are determined by the number of qualifications (including accredited courses) on your scope of registration:

  • on the first day of the calendar month following ASQA’s approval of your registration, and 
  • every 1 July thereafter.

Annual charges for CRICOS registration are:

  • Up to 2 qualifications $950 
  • 3–4 qualifications $1645 
  • 5–50 qualifications $4375 
  • 51 or more qualifications $7100 
Example—how a provider’s annual CRICOS registration charges are calculated

An organisation, already registered as an RTO, submits an application for initial CRICOS registration to ASQA. In its application, the organisation seeks approval to deliver three qualifications to overseas students. 

ASQA approves the application on 15 March 2018. ASQA approves the provider to deliver two qualifications only. 

  • The provider is subject to ASQA annual CRICOS charges from 1 April 2018.
  • On 1 April 2018, ASQA will invoice the provider for ASQA annual registration charge covering the period 1 April 2018 – 30 June 2018 (a three-month period).
  • This charge amounts to $238. (a pro rata payment—i.e. the full annual registration charge of $950, adjusted to cover the three-month period).
  • On or around 1 July 2018, ASQA will invoice the provider for the period 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019 ($950).
  • In future years, ASQA will invoice the provider in July each year the full annual registration charge for the year ahead. 
  • All charges for RTO registration will be invoiced separately

When do I need to pay my annual registration charge? 

Once your application is approved, ASQA will invoice you for your first annual registration charge on the first day of the next calendar month. Your first annual registration charge will be calculated on a pro rata basis, as outlined in How are ASQA annual CRICOS registration charges calculated? above.

ASQA will invoice you for all future CRICOS annual registration charges in July each year.

How can I pay my annual registration charge?

Your invoice will outline the amount to be paid and the payment methods.

Note: ASQA is in the process of adding an option to asqanet to enable annual charges to be paid via the asqanet portal. When this option becomes available it will be under the ‘Organisation’ tab, under Finance information.

You must pay your annual registration charges within 30 days of ASQA issuing the invoice, unless ASQA explicitly states otherwise.