What is ACIR?
ACIR (Australian Course Information Register) is a database of accredited courses offered by Australian universities, TAFE institutes and registered private colleges. The data is edited and then extracted for publication in a range of government and non-government websites and printed directories.
Which Organisations are Included on ACIR?
- All Australian universities
- All Australian TAFE institutes
- Registered private colleges able to offer higher education and/or VET (Vocational Education and Training) who commit to update on ACIR at least annually
What Courses are Included on ACIR?
- All courses must be available for entry by the general public
- Higher education courses offered by Australian universities or registered higher education providers
- VET courses or units of competency accredited by a national, state or territory accreditation body, as listed on training.gov.au
- Preparatory courses such as foundation years or bridging programs in specific subjects to prepare students for tertiary studies
- ELICOS (English Language Intensive Course for Overseas Students) courses that prepare overseas students for further university or TAFE studies
What courses are NOT Included on ACIR?
- Non-award or non-accredited courses except for those listed above
- Discontinued courses in teach-out mode and not taking new enrolments
- Enterprise-only courses that are only available to employees of a specific company
- Exit-point only courses where students are not allowed to directly enrol
- Honours degrees unless there is no related pass degree
- Doctor degrees by research
- Dean's Scholars
- Masters Preliminary
Where is the Data Published?
- The Good Universities Guide
- Annual print publication that lists all university undergraduate courses
- Studies in Australia
- A Good Education Group website for international students that includes all universities, TAFEs and private colleges who advertise
- Victorian Skills Gateway
- Dept of Education and Early Childhood Development website that includes all VET courses available in Victoria