Information for schools
A school must be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) before providing education to overseas students who have been issued a student visa in their own right.
The Education Standards Board (ESB) is a designated state authority for recommending school providers for the registration, renewal and ongoing monitoring of schools’ compliance under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (Cwlth).
The ESB is responsible for:
- assessing applications for endorsement on the CRICOS register
- placing conditions on CRICOS registration, if necessary.
The Commonwealth Department of Education, Skills and Employment is responsible for registering an endorsed school on CRICOS.
The registration period is a maximum of seven years.
CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students: a searchable database managed by the Department of Education, Skills and Employment. 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.
Applying for CRICOS registration
Registered schools seeking CRICOS endorsement and approval must demonstrate compliance 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, Skills and Employment once a provider is registered on CRICOS.
PRISMS is used to generate an electronic confirmation of enrolment for student visa purposes, and to provide reports to the Department of Home Affairs on students’ compliance with conditions of their visas.
Application form for registration on CRICOS
Schools seeking to apply or reapply for endorsement of registration can access the Application for endorsement of registration to enrol full-fee-paying overseas students.
Changes to CRICOS registration
CRICOS registered schools must apply to the Education Standards Board to:
- add or remove courses from your registration
- change the student capacity
- change the principal executive officer
- change ownership, organisation and/or trading name
- update course costs (tuition and non-tuition fees).
Use the Application for change of registration to enrol full fee paying overseas students. We will update your PRISMS record on approval of changes.
Fees for CRICOS registration
There are fees for CRICOS registration.
Cancelling CRICOS registration
The Request to cancel registration on CRICOS form notifies the Education Standards Board that education services to full fee-paying overseas students will no longer be offered at your school.
The intended date for ceasing delivery of education services to full fee-paying overseas students must be after the course end date for any student still enrolled in CRICOS courses at your school. Alternatively, students may be transferred to another provider before the student’s course end date. Refer to Standard 7 of the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 for more information.
After receiving your form, we will send a cancellation request to the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE) to change your provider registration status on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) to ‘cancelled’. This will occur after your intended date for ceasing CRICOS education services.
The Principal Executive Officer (PEO) will receive a confirmation email from DESE when the school’s CRICOS provider registration has been cancelled.
Education services must not be provided to full fee-paying overseas students after CRICOS registration has been cancelled.
The resources on this page are published to assist schools with understanding ESOS and CRICOS requirements. Links and documents will be added from time to time as necessary. CRICOS-registered schools in South Australia will be notified when there are changes or additions to this page.