1. Higher education institutions recognized by competent authorities
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Register of Recognised Education Institutions and Authorised Accreditation Authorities
The AQF Register contains links to Government Accreditation Authorities in each state and territory and to their registers of recognised higher education institutions other than universities.
Australian universities are established by or under relevant state, territory and commonwealth legislation and have authority to accredit and issue their own qualifications.
- Australian Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
The official Australian Government website that lists all Australian education providers to people wishing to study in Australia on student visas.
2. Higher education programmes recognized by competent authorities
- Websites of individual universities and self-accrediting higher education providers provide a list of higher education programs.
- The AQF Register provides links to the Government Accreditation Authorities in each state and territory and to their registers of recognised higher education programs.
- The CRICOS Register provides a list of courses offered to people wishing to study in Australia on student visas.
3. Information for students planning to study in the country
- Study in Australia
The official Australian Government website for international students containing information regarding study costs, course types, and living in Australia.
4. Information on the higher education system
- Description of the education system:
Australian Education International’s Country Education Profile provides an overview of the Australian higher education system.
- Competent bodies:
Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) has responsibility for the Australian Government’s higher education policy development and program administration.
- Quality assurance mechanisms:
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s regulatory and quality agency for higher education.
5. Information on foreign credential assessment and recognition
- Description (procedures):
Students applying to study at an Australian school, college or university should contact the specific institution for entry requirements and qualifications recognition options.
Graduates seeking recognition for general employment purposes should contact AEI-NOOSR.
Graduates seeking professional recognition should contact the relevant professional body.
- Competent bodies:
AEI-NOOSR is the Australian national information centre with responsibility for educational recognition.
For information about occupational and professional recognition, see Australian Skills Recognition Information (ASRI).
6. Information on financial assistance opportunities:
7. Cross-border higher education
- Information regarding quality assurance of Australian education and training delivered offshore is available from the Australian Education International website.
8. National information centre
9. Other information sources
- Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) website includes general information about Australian qualifications, including pathways, articulation and recognition of prior learning (RPL).
10. Definitions of key terms
- Higher Education Institution:
A higher education institution is a body that is established or recognised by the Commonwealth or a state or territory government to issue qualifications in the higher education sector. It may be a university, self-accrediting institution or non-self accrediting institution.
- Definition of "Recognized Higher Education Institution" in Australia