Information for schools

Prior to providing education to overseas students, a school must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) for the course for the state or territory in which delivery will occur.

The Education Standards Board is a Designated State Authority (DSA) for recommending school providers for the registration, renewal and ongoing monitoring of schools’ compliance under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act).

The Board is responsible for:

  • Assessing the school’s appropriateness for CRICOS registration
  • Identifying any conditions to place on the school’s CRICOS registration


CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students—a searchable database managed by the Department of Education and Training (DoET). The database provides details of educational institutions approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education and training services to overseas students and the courses they offer.

CRICOS registration

Registered schools seeking CRICOS approval must be compliant with the:

Schools registered on CRICOS are required to use an online student management system called the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS).  Access to PRISMS is given by Department of Education (DoE) once a provider is registered on CRICOS.

PRISMS is used to generate an electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) for student visa purposes, and to provide reports to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on students’ compliance with conditions of their visas.

Fees for CRICOS registration

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Application form for registration on CRICOS

Schools seeking to apply endorsement of registration can access the application form from the following link:

This form is to be used by both new and currently endorsed schools.