Foundation Program Standards 2021

This content was published on Friday 1 October 2021. There may be more recent updates available.

The new Foundation Program Standards 2021 (the Standards) commenced on 16 September 2021. The Standards repealed and replaced the Foundation Program Standards (19/06/2011).

Foundation Programs are nationally recognised preparatory courses that provide overseas students with a strong academic foundation for entry into Australian higher education undergraduate study.

The Standards apply to providers who deliver Foundation Programs to overseas students. Providers must demonstrate compliance with the Standards to be registered on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

The department considered feedback received from the public consultation process in developing the Standards.

Foundation Program providers should familiarise themselves with the new Standards to ensure compliance. A factsheet, providing an outline of changes to the Standards is available.