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Annual CRICOS registration fees

Introduction

You are required to pay ASQA annual registration fees once you commence a registration period that has been approved by ASQA.

That means either:

  • you have applied to ASQA to renew registration, the registration period approved by your former regulator (if applicable) has ended, and ASQA has approved your application, or
  • you have applied to ASQA to renew registration, the registration period approved by your former regulator (if applicable) has ended, and your registration on CRICOS continues pending the outcome of your renewal application

If neither of the above apply to you, and you remain in a registration period approved by a previous, you are subject to legacy fee arrangements.

What is an ‘ASQA-approved registration period’?

You are required to pay ASQA annual registration fees once you commence a registration period that has been approved by ASQA.

That means either:

  • you have applied to ASQA to renew registration, the registration period approved by your former regulator (if applicable) has ended, and ASQA has approved your application, or
  • you have applied to ASQA to renew registration, the registration period approved by your former regulator (if applicable) has ended, and your registration on CRICOS continues pending the outcome of your renewal application

If neither of the above apply to you, and you remain in a registration period approved by a previous regulator, you are still subject to legacy fee arrangements.

Providers registered to deliver both Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) and vocational education and training (VET) courses should be aware that annual ASQA CRICOS registration fees charged are in addition to your annual registered training organisation (RTO) registration fees. ASQA will invoice you separately for these annual fees.

What are ASQA CRICOS annual registration fees?

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

These services include:

  • providing you with information, including through the ASQA Info line and enquiries service, and the ASQA website
  • maintaining provider records, and
  • processing applications that have no associated fee.

How are CRICOS annual registration fees calculated?

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

  • on the first day of the calendar month after you begin an ASQA-approved registration period, and then
  • every 1 July thereafter.

Annual fees 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 fees are calculated

An organisation was previously registered in South Australia.

That organisation’s CRICOS registration period, as approved by the former South Australian regulator, expired on 15 March 2014.

The provider submitted an ‘Application to renew CRICOS registration’ to ASQA in November 2013.

  • The provider is subject to ASQA annual CRICOS registration fees from 1 April 2014
  • On 1 April 2014, ASQA will invoice the provider for these annual fees covering the period 1 April 2014 – 30 June 2014 (a three-month period)
  • This fee amounts to $237.50 (a pro rata payment of the full annual fee of $950, adjusted to cover the three-month period)
  • On or around 1 July 2014, ASQA will invoice the provider for the period 1 July 2014 – 30 June 2015 ($950)
  • In future years, ASQA will invoice the provider in July each year for the year ahead.
  • If applicable, all fees for RTO registration will be invoiced separately.

When do I need to pay my CRICOS annual registration fee?

Once you become subject to ASQA’s annual fees, ASQA will invoice you on (or shortly after) the first day of the next calendar month.

Your first annual registration fee will be calculated on a pro rata basis, as outlined in ‘How are ASQA annual registration fees calculated?’, above.

In future years, ASQA will invoice you for all annual CRICOS registration fees during July each year.

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

How can I pay my CRICOS annual registration fee?

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

The invoice may be paid by:

  • electronic funds transfer (EFT)
  • Visa or MasterCard, or
  • cheque.

Annual fees (both ASQA annual fees and legacy annual fees) must be paid within 30 days of the invoice being issued.

ASQA does not currently offer a BPAY® payment option for CRICOS-related fees.

When do ‘legacy’ annual registration fees apply?

You are required to pay legacy annual fees for your CRICOS registration—as determined by your former regulator—until you begin a registration period approved by ASQA.

If you were previously registered with either the New South Wales or Queensland regulator, you may be required to pay ASQA annual fees for some of the same period for which you have paid a legacy annual fee. Refer to the legacy fee arrangements table below.

The arrangements for payment of legacy annual registration fees were determined in previous years by your former state or territory regulator, or by the National Audit and Registration Agency (NARA). These arrangements are outlined in the table below.

State or territory Legacy annual registration fee arrangements
Former New South Wales providers

ASQA will invoice you each 1 January for the next 12-month period until your NSW approved registration period expires.

Once this registration period expires, you will be subject to ASQA annual fees.

This means that during the calendar year in which your NSW registration expires, you may be required to pay ASQA annual fees for a period for which you have already paid a legacy annual fee.

Providers formerly registered in South Australia or Victoria*, or by NARA

ASQA will invoice you each year in the month of anniversary of registration, based on the registration expiry date that your former regulator approved. ASQA will do this until the registration period that your previous regulator approved ends.

Your fees will be calculated based on your scope of registration on that registration expiry date.

Former Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia*, and Northern Territory providers

No legacy fee applies. Once the registration period approved by your former regulator expires, you become subject to ASQA annual fees.

These arrangements apply only to providers from Victoria or Western Australia that commenced regulation with ASQA as part of the transition to national regulation in July 2011. If you have more recently transferred to ASQA as a result of changing the jurisdiction in which you operate refer to Providers transferring from VIC or WA below.

Providers transferring to ASQA from Victoria or Western Australia

If you have transferred to regulation with ASQA as a result of changing the jurisdiction in which you operate since 1 July 2011, you are required to pay ASQA annual fees. Your annual fees are determined by the number of qualifications (including accredited courses) on your scope of registration:

  • on the first day of the calendar month after the date of your transfer to ASQA, and
  • every 1 July thereafter.

Legacy fee arrangements do not apply to Victorian and Western Australian providers that transfer to ASQA as a result of a change in their regulatory jurisdiction, that is, those providers who transfer to ASQA because:

  • they start offering courses in states/territories other than Victoria or Western Australia, or
  • they start offering courses to overseas students.

Legacy fee arrangements only apply to those providers in Victoria and Western Australia that transfered to ASQA in July 2011 as part of the transition to national regulation.