Higher Education Standards Framework

The Higher Education Standards Framework is the basis for the regulation of higher education providers and courses by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

A revised Higher Education Standards Framework legislative instrument was made by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham in October 2015 and came into effect from 1 January 2017.

The revised standards follow a comprehensive review of the initial (2011) standards by the Higher Education Standards Panel. The Panel consulted widely with universities, other higher education providers and state and territory governments on the updates. The new standards received strong support from higher education stakeholders and have been endorsed by the states and territories and by TEQSA. A contextual overview of the Higher Education Standards Framework is available on the TEQSA website.

The 2015 standards legislative instrument is available for download from the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation website.

Higher Education Standards Panel advice

The Higher Education Standards Panel provided advice (below) in December 2014 to the Australian Government Minister for Education and Training on making and varying the Higher Education Standards Framework, which the Minister is currently considering. Under section 58(3) of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, the Minister is required to undertake consultation with the state and territory Ministers responsible for higher education, with TEQSA and with the Australian Government Minister responsible for research in relation to the Panel's advice. 

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