Quality and Legislative Frameworks

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The Government supports a number of programs that enhance and reward the quality and reputation of higher education in Australia.

Quality regulation in higher education

Australia has a strong quality assurance framework which protects the reputation of Australian higher education.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia's independent national higher education sector regulator. It was established in July 2011 and began its regulatory function from 29 January 2012. TEQSA assures the quality of Australia's large, diverse and complex higher education sector by registering and evaluating the performance of higher education providers, including universities, against the Higher Education Standards Framework.

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications that encompasses all sectors of Australian education and training.   Although some AQF awards are delivered and assessed in secondary schools, the senior secondary school qualification is not assigned an AQF level.

The Department of Education and Training also manages the guidelines for the presentation, content, issuing and authentication of the Australian Higher Education Graduation Statement (AHEGS) and the guidelines for individuals or groups wanting to use the word 'university' in their Australian business, company or domain name.

Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector

Section 203 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 required that the Minister cause a review of the impact on the higher education sector of the TEQSA Act to be conducted. The review was undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics with steering oversight provided by the Higher Education Standards Panel. The Government has accepted the review  report and released its response to its recommendations, along with the report and stakeholder submissionsis.

International education legislation

Australia provides rigorous protection for international students through the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) legislation, which requires institutions that provide education to international students, to meet nationally consistent standards in education delivery, facilities and services. It enables the Australian Government to monitor education providers. Breaches of the Act are treated very seriously and the penalties can be significant.

All institutions wanting to deliver courses to international students in Australia must be registered with the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS), and meet special registration conditions.

The National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2017 (the National Code) provides nationally consistent standards for the conduct of registered providers and the registration of their courses.

The standards set out specifications and procedures to ensure that registered providers of education and training courses can clearly understand and comply with their obligations under the National Code. More information on the National Code can be found on the international education website, www.internationaleducation.gov.au .

The Higher Education Standards Panel

The Higher Education Standards Panel is a legislative advisory body, established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011. The primary functions of the Panel are to advise and make recommendations to the Minister on the Higher Education Standards Framework and other matters relating to the quality and standards of Australia's higher education system. The Panel can also advise and make recommendations to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) on matters relating to the Standards.

The functions of the Panel and the former TEQSA Advisory Council were combined in December 2014, giving the Panel responsibility to oversight TEQSA's deregulatory approach and performance.

News

The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Quality and Legislative Frameworks.

Release of the discussion paper for the Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards

News | 6 December 2018

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

News | 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. ...

Admissions Transparency; Quick Reference Documents

News | 15 February 2018

Admission Transparency Implementation working Group

News | 21 December 2017

The Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group (IWG) has released an updated specification for phase two implementation in 2018 of common admissions terminology and admissions information sets, which were outlined in the June 2017 joint higher education sector and Australian Government...

Release of “Professional Accreditation: Mapping the territory” report

News | 4 September 2017

In 2016 the Department of Education and Training commissioned consultants PhillipsKPA Pty Ltd to examine the extent and scope of course accreditation practices by professional bodies in Australian higher education. The final report "Professional Accreditation: Mapping the territory" provides a...

Establishment of Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group

News | 9 March 2017

Release of the Government’s response to the Higher Education Standards Panel’s Report on Improving Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes

News | 15 December 2016

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

News | 15 November 2016

Public consultation on transparency in higher education admissions

News | 6 April 2016

Review of the Impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector

News | 9 March 2016

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s national regulatory body.  It was established in July 2011 and began its regulatory function from 29 January 2012. Section 203 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 requires that the Minister...