Guidelines for the use of the word 'university'

The Australian Government protects the use of the word ‘university’ in Australian business, company and domain names to prevent individuals or groups from operating an entity which appears to be a university when in fact it is not.

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Only registered higher education providers can offer Australian higher education qualifications.

Individuals or groups wishing to use the word ‘university’ in a business or company name must apply for consent from the Minister for Education and Youth, regardless of whether they are offering educational courses. This is to ensure that organisations purporting to be a university are in fact registered by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to offer higher education courses, thereby assuring consumers of the high quality and legitimacy of the entity.

It is possible for non-universities that want to use the word ‘university’ in their name to have this approved- where it is clear from their name that they are not purporting to be an education provider.

The following guidelines and application forms are to be used by applicants. There is no fee imposed for the processing of applications.

For further information or enquiries, please send an email to the Higher Education mailbox.

Guidelines and application forms

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