Registered schools seeking approval for CRICOS registration (in order to offer a course of study to overseas students) must comply with:
- National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students
Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 (as amended in 2010)
- other legislative requirements for approval in Victoria and quality assurance requirements for the specified courses. These are currently:
Catholic and independent schools seeking approval to offer a course of study to overseas students should apply to the VRQA using the form
Application for Approval or Re-Approval on CRICOS-registered schools. Contact the VRQA for a copy of the form.
Government schools seeking approval to offer a course of study to overseas students should contact the
International Education Division of the Department of Education and Training.
Non-school senior secondary providers seeking CRICOS registration
The VRQA approves non-school senior secondary providers to offer a senior secondary course of study to overseas students. For more information please email us.
Australian Skills Quality Authority
regulates and is the designated authority for registered training organisations (RTOs) who deliver vocational education and training (VET) courses to overseas students in Victoria.
Making changes to CRICOS registration
When making changes to their registration, Catholic, independent schools and non-schools senior secondary providers must use the following forms:
Amendment to Registration Form
The form must be used when applying to the VRQA for an increase to the approved overseas student capacity, to add a delivery site or to add a course. Contact the VRQA for a copy of the form.
Non-school senior secondary providers must use this form if they wish to add a senior secondary qualification.
This form must be used when notifying the VRQA of a change to ownership, organisation and/or trading name, change of PEO or high managerial agent or notifying of other changes requiring an update to PRISMS.
Non-school senior secondary providers must use this form when notifying the VRQA of changes to school sector course details on CRICOS or of a change which significantly affects the provider’s capacity to deliver its school sector qualification registered on CRICOS.
This form must be used when notifying the VRQA of an intention to withdraw from registration on CRICOS or to withdraw a course of study from CRICOS. Non-schools senior secondary providers must use this form to notify the VRQA of their intention to withdraw a school sector course on CRICOS.
For more information, see:
The ESOS Framework.
Fees and charges
The VRQA will acknowledge your application with an invoice for the application fee sent via email.
The application fee is payable online by credit card (Mastercard or Visa), BPAY or by Postbillpay. Online payments can be made on the fee payment page.
For more information: see
After the application fee has been paid in full, your application will be assessed for accuracy and completeness. We may request additional information. Incomplete and/or poor quality applications will be returned.
In addition, there are a number of charges payable to the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training, including an entry to market charge and an annual registration charge.
VRQA ESOS resources for schools
ESOS seminar 5 December 2017
In January 2018, the
National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code 2018) will come into effect. The VRQA and the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training provided a joint information seminar to schools on the changes in the National Code 2018.
The seminar comprised of two sessions designed to provide information for new staff involved in international student coordination, and address recent changes to CRICOS legislation affecting schools.
School staff who wish to review the presentation slides, can access the slides below.
Session 1 - ESOS Fundamentals
This provides information for schools sector staff who are new to the role of international student coordinator or Principals and senior school staff new to international education. It covers the basics of the ESOS framework, school responsibilities for international student welfare, Victorian Child Safe Standards implications for international students in Victoria, and resources available to school staff.
Session 2 – ESOS National Code 2018 and VRQA Guidelines
This provides details of the changes to the National Code 2018 and how the National Code changes will be implemented in the schools sector in Victoria. It is a joint presentation by VRQA and the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training. The session also covers changes to PRISMS and proposed changed to the VRQA Guideline requirements.