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ASQA's decision—initial CRICOS registration

The recommendation to approve or not approve your organisation's application for initial Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) registration will be made based on the assessment of your compliance with the National Code, the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) and where relevant, the ELICOS Standards 2018. Based on the evidence provided, the delegate will make a decision about your application and you will be advised in writing of the outcome together with the audit report

  • If your application is approved ASQA will inform the Department of Education that your CRICOS application has been provisionally granted, and invoices will be sent to you for:
    • Entry to Market Charges
    • Tuition Protection Services levy.

Once payment is received, ASQA will finalise your CRICOS registration.

If your organisation will be delivering VET training products to students, your initial period of registration will be aligned to the expiry date of your current VET registration.

If your organisation is not currently an RTO and is applying for delivery of ELICOS courses, ASQA takes a risk based approach to regulation. To manage the risk new providers present to the sector, the initial registration period for new providers is generally 2 years.

You must comply with the National Code, the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) and where relevant, the ELICOS Standards 2018 and meet other provider obligations, throughout the period of your registration.

If registration is granted

Annual registration charges

Once your registration is granted, you will be required to begin paying ASQA annual registration charges.

After registration

If your initial CRICOS application is approved, you must ensure that you are delivering quality training and assessment, and meeting the requirements of all relevant legislation and standards at all times.

If you are not meeting the required standards, ASQA may decide to:

  • shorten your registration period
  • impose conditions on your registration
  • amend/suspend all or part of your scope of registration registration
  • reject your applications to add new training products to your scope of registration
  • issue an infringement notice
  • apply restrictions to your operations, including restrictions on enrolling students into courses or allowing students to begin courses
  • cancel or not renew your registration.

ASQA makes these decisions based on:

  • the regulatory obligation breached
  • your past performance and attitude to compliance
  • other factors relevant to the case, including the impact on students, industry and the sector.

If your application is rejected

If all or part of your application for registration under the ESOS Act is unsuccessful, ASQA will write to you, explaining the reasons for the decision.

You may choose to seek a review of the decision. If you are not satisfied with a decision made by ASQA, you have a number of options:

  • You may choose to review the reasons for the decision, and submit a new application.
  • You may apply to ASQA to reconsider its decision, if this option is available to you.
  • You may apply to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Learn more about your options if you are not satisfied with an ASQA decision.