CRICOS Providers exempt from registration fees in 2020 and 2021

On 12 April 2020 the Australian Government announced a Higher Education Relief Package to provide support for Australia’s education and training providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this package, Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) providers will not be required to pay the 2020 and 2021 annual registration charge (ARC), or any entry to market charges (EMCs) from 1 January to 30 June 2021.

To give effect to these exemptions, the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Regulations 2011 are being amended to:

·       exempt all new and existing CRICOS-registered providers from the requirement to pay the 2021 ARC; and

·       exempt all new and existing CRICOS-registered providers from the requirement to pay the EMCs, for the period 12 April 2020 to 30 June 2021.

​Further details about the proposed amendments to the Regulations can be found in the factsheet. The proposed draft Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (COVID-19 Exemptions) Regulations 2020 are published here. Please advise the Department of Education, Skills and Employment if you have any comments on the proposed changes at ESOS-PolicyTeam@dese.gov.au by 5:00pm AEST 11 June 2020         ​​​​​​​​​​​​