Department of State Development

The South Australian Government provides financial support for destination marketing activities and to support education sectors to thrive.

The State Government is supporting providers grow their international student numbers and helping international students have a positive international education experience.

South Australia is home to internationally-recognised Australian universities, campuses of foreign universities, other higher education institutions, vocational education and training (VET) institutions, private colleges and primary and secondary schools.

There are also a range of flexible programs for students who want to learn English or undertake a professional development course.

The Commonwealth Government is responsible for registration, regulation and compliance of all registered higher education providers (universities, TAFEs and other training providers) and for the regulation of services provided to international students. 

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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is an independent statutory authority which registers and evaluates the performance of higher education providers.

The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) is a register of all higher education providers and registered training organisations approved to deliver courses to international students in Australia.

The VET sector is regulated by the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA), an independent statutory authority within the Commonwealth Government.

The South Australian Government manages the public schools system that delivers a national curriculum.

  • For more information about the schooling system in South Australia visit www.decd.sa.gov.au

The vocational education and training (VET) sector consists of TAFE SA, as the public provider, and a range of private registered training organisations. VET includes Certificate I (AQF Level 1) to Advanced Diploma (AQF Level 6), and spans over 70 training packages and thousands of individual qualifications, which are all developed in consultation with industry and employers.

TAFE SA is South Australia’s largest VET provider, offering more than 100 qualifications  to international students. These range from accounting to building trades, hospitality and cookery, information technology and electronics, health and community services, and automotive trades.


Non-award / professional development programs are offered by most universities and higher education institutions. Non-award programs are voluntary courses which can help students either gain entry into university through a foundation program, or programs which develop their professional competence in an area of specialisation. Non-award programs provide opportunities for students to gain valuable international experience.

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A dedicated International and Higher Education team is on hand
to assist attracting international students to South Australia.