20. What is a third-party arrangement?

A third-party arrangement, sometimes referred to as a partnership, is an arrangement between a provider and another organisation (the agent), including a wholly owned subsidiary of the provider, to deliver some or all of a course where the provider is to grant the academic award. Students undertaking these courses must be enrolled with the provider.

The relationship between the provider and the partner organisation is one of principal and agent. The provider is the principal and must carry full responsibility for all aspects of delivery, including quality and standards, teaching by qualified staff, adequate resources and facilities, and adequate measures to protect the welfare of students.

The provider must comply with all the requirements of HESA including:

  • determining student eligibility for Commonwealth assistance
  • knowing the circumstances in which a student must and must not be advised that they are Commonwealth supported and acting accordingly (see part 21.4)
  • complying with any conditions that apply to the provision of courses to domestic undergraduate fee-paying students (see part 26.1)
  • determining and charging student contribution amounts and tuition fees, and determining EFTSL values and census dates for units of study (see part 8.1, part 9.1, part 23.1 and part 25.1)
  • publishing and reporting requirements (see part 37); and
  • considering applications for remitting a student’s HELP debt or re‑crediting their FEE-HELP balance in respect of the units that form part of the course (see part 42).