19. What is a third-party arrangement?

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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 likely to be a principal/agent and if so, the provider as 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 [part 20.4]
  • complying with any conditions that apply to the provision of courses to domestic undergraduate fee-paying students [part 25.1]
  • determining and charging student contribution amounts and tuition fees, and determining EFTSL values and census dates for units of study [part 7.18.1, 22.1 and 24.1]
  • publishing and reporting requirements [part 36 and 37]; and
  • considering applications for remitting a student’s HELP debt or re‑crediting their HELP balance in respect of the units that form part of the course [part 42]

Regional University Centres

Regional University Centres (Centres) have a range of partnerships, including with universities, vocational education and training providers, community groups and industry. Centres support delivery of courses in regional and remote locations, typically in partnership with universities, by providing support for external students. Centres assist students in regional and remote areas to access higher education without having to leave their community. Centres provide student support and campus-like study facilities for students who study online, including study spaces, video conferencing, computer facilities, high-speed internet access, administrative and academic support services and student support services. More information can be found on the Regional University Centres page.