A tertiary education institution is a body that is established or recognised by or under the law of the Commonwealth, or a State or Territory. The provider has to be approved by the Australian Government before it can receive grants or its students can receive assistance from the Australian Government under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA).
A higher education provider meets the minimum requirements of being established under the law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory, carrying on business in Australia with its central management and control in Australia; and its main purpose is to provide education and or to conduct research. A higher education provider either fulfils the tuition assurance requirements or is exempted from those requirements by the minister.
A higher education provider must be a university, self-accrediting provider or a non-self-accrediting provider.
A university meets National Protocol 1 and is established as a university, or recognised as a university, by or under a law of the Commonwealth, a State, the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory.