The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP)


The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body, established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, (TEQSA Act), with responsibility related to the standards for delivery of higher education in Australia.

Panel membership

The current members of the Higher Education Standards Panel are:

Professor Peter Shergold AC (chair)
Professor Alan Robson AO (member)
Professor Greg Craven (member)
Ms Karen Thomas (member)
The Hon Phil Honeywood (member)
Dr Krystal Evans (member)
Dr Don Owers (observer)
Professor Ian O’Connor (observer)

The Panel has been appointed for the period 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2018.

Over this period the Panel will undertake work and provide advice on a wide range of quality-related issues. It will help to ensure a smooth transition to a revised Higher Education Standards Framework, which will take effect in January 2017. It will also oversee a review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education system.

Public consultation on transparency in higher education admissions

The Higher Education Standards Panel has released an issues paper calling for public submissions on how to improve transparency in higher education admissions processes. Comment and ideas are welcome on how to improve the information available and the understanding of prospective students and their families about the requirements for admission to higher education, the full range of ways in which applications can be made and are assessed by institutions and the supports available to help students complete their courses and qualifications.

The Panel is keen to hear perspectives from a wide range of stakeholders, including students, their families, schools, careers advisers, and higher education institutions. Submissions do not have to be lengthy. It is perfectly acceptable to address just a few key issues that you believe to be important, or to share your experiences.

Interested stakeholders can lodge submissions to by close of business Friday 27 May 2016.

Issues paper