Increased transparency and accountability

The higher education sector will be more accountable—and more open to scrutiny—for the manner in which it expends taxpayer funding. There needs to be greater transparency to show that the institutions are making the right decisions about who to enrol and what they are enrolling.

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Improving the transparency of higher education admissions

The Government has accepted all recommendations of the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) report, Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions . The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) will be provided $3.3 million over four years to work with key stakeholders in Australia's higher education sector to develop a joint plan to implement the Panel's key recommendations.

TEQSA will conduct a baseline audit of sector compliance with the agreed sector-led response in the first year. It will then actively monitor and report on sector progress as providers improve to meet the Standards.

When implemented, this reform will enhance the accountability of higher education providers for the information they publish about their admissions policies:

  • adopt common language about admissions processes and publish consistent information
  • widen the accessibility of information to prospective students, and
  • improve the comparability of admissions and entry information across providers through a national admissions platform.

Transparency for teaching and research expenditure by universities

The Government will work with the higher education sector to establish a more transparent framework for the collection of financial data from higher education providers in order to regularly report on the cost of teaching and research by field of education.

Institutions are not currently required to provide data to the Government about their expenditure on teaching and scholarship, making it difficult to assess the efficiency of the current funding architecture.

The Department of Education and Training will work in consultation with a stakeholder reference group to establish an annual cost of delivery data collection for a further three years commencing in 2018.

Once the data collection is established, the Department will work with the higher education sector to agree on arrangements for publication of the data.

Provider FAQs

For further information about how these reforms affect universities and private higher education providers, visit Provider FAQs.

Student FAQs

For further information about how these reforms affect students, visit Study Assist.


Factsheets on the Higher Education Reform measures.