Glossary of Institution Types

Higher Education Providers in Australia are considered to be of one of three categories:

  • Universities
  • Self-accrediting providers
  • Non-self-accrediting providers

Universities are defined as self-accrediting Higher Education Providers which are established as universities, or recognized as universities, by or under a law of the Commonwealth, a State, or a Territory, and meet nationally agreed-upon criteria for a university. The Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) maintains the National Register of Higher Education Providers which lists all providers, including authorized self-accrediting higher education providers and the qualifications they are authorized to issue. Almost all self-accrediting Higher Education Providers in Australia are universities, and the term “university” is protected under Australian corporations law, which requires government approval for use of “university” in a business name.