Release of the Higher Education Standards Panel report on Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes

Wednesday 16 November 2016


The Government has accepted the Higher Education Standards Panel’s report on how to improve the transparency of admissions processes at Australia’s roughly 170 higher education providers. The Government supports the intent of the recommendations from the Panel and will respond in due course.

The Panel, chaired by Professor Peter Shergold AC, received 82 written submissions and met with a wide range of higher education and secondary education stakeholders in formulating its advice.

The Panel made 14 recommendations in its report. The Panel’s key recommendations include that providers use common and consistent language to describe ATAR thresholds and other admissions requirements and publish information on admissions processes in agreed templates to ensure ease of comparison for prospective students and their parents.

As a follow-up to this report, the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham has asked the Panel to investigate trends in student completion and attrition and how institutions can be encouraged to support enrolled students through to course completion wherever possible.