In December 2014, the former Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and the former Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott MP, agreed to combine the functions of the Higher Education Standards Panel (the Panel) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Advisory Council. This delivers on the Government’s commitment to smaller government while continuing to enhance the quality of higher education. Minister Pyne thanked the outgoing members of the Higher Education Standards Panel for their valuable work during their three year appointments. Membership of the Panel from December 2014 remains consistent with the former TEQSA Advisory Council.
On 17 February 2015, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, former Minister for Education and Training announced the new Chair and members for the Higher Education Standards Panel. The former TEQSA Advisory Council was established on 22 April 2014 and met five times in 2014-15.
The Higher Education Standards Panel members are: Professor Peter Shergold AC (Chair), Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO, Professor Greg Craven, Ms Karen Thomas and The Hon Phil Honeywood.