Release of the Government’s response to the “Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector”

Tuesday 27 November 2018


The Government has accepted the report of the Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector and released its response to the report's recommendations.

The review, which was conducted by Deloitte Access Economics was positive about the establishment of TEQSA as the national regulator in 2012, and noted that the higher education sector's views regarding the regulatory system established by the Act, and TEQSA as the regulator, are positive.

The review found that the move to a single national regulator from previous state-based regulation has delivered benefits to the sector in reduced compliance burden, improved consistency, the confidence that stakeholders (particularly international students) have in the quality of the Australian higher education sector and the research and networks TEQSA has facilitated.

Overall, it found that the TEQSA Act is operating effectively and as intended and therefore did not recommend changes that would significantly alter the regulatory framework or the role of TEQSA. The report includes a number of recommendations that will further enhance the operation and efficiency of TEQSA and the Higher Education Standards panel.

The Government's response addresses each of the review's recommendations in detail, including where amendments will be needed to the TEQSA Act.