PRISMS Modernisation Project

On 17 December 2021, the Australian Government announced its plan to invest more than $17 million over two years (2022–2024) to modernise the Provider Registration and International Student Management System (PRISMS) to streamline enrolments for international students and Australian education providers. This project is a key initiative under the Government’s Deregulation Agenda.

The modernisation solution will allow providers to integrate their own systems with the PRISMS application to submit their data directly to PRISMS. The project commenced in July 2022.

The Australian Government Department of Education is committed to working closely with international education stakeholders to achieve a successful PRISMS API solution that supports the longer-term efficiency of the sector. The department released a concept brief: Modernising the collection of international education data. The brief aims to inform international education providers and their software suppliers about this project and provide details on opportunities to engage in the project consultations and implementation.

Upon completion of the project, the PRISMS website will still be available for organisations who do not implement the API functionality.

Project timeline

July 2022

Project commencement

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July 2022 – October 2022

Stakeholder engagement activities with CRICOS providers, peak bodies and software vendors

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November 2022

Project technical working group commencement (these working groups will be regular until project completion in June 2024)

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March 2023

Application programming interface (API) test environment enabled

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August 2023

Create CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment) API function ready for use.

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September 2023 – June 2024

Project staff available to provide support and assist the sector to transition to APIs

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September 2023 – June 2024

Creation and implementation of additional APIs based on sector feedback

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Project Technical Working Group

The Technical Working Group is a forum for CRICOS providers, software vendors and other interested parties to discuss the following:

  • Project outline/updates/progress
  • Stakeholder consultation update
  • Development team update
  • Discussion of future APIs
  • Authentication method
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