The review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards will:
- Assess the effectiveness of the current Provider Category Standards as a framework for higher education delivery
- Identify any technical or other relatively minor changes that should be made in the short-term to improve the operation or effectiveness of the current Provider Category Standards
- Analyse a range of possible different systems for the categorisation of higher education institutions, drawing on international experience and recent critical analysis including:
- the key characteristics that are or would be relevant to defining the various categories of provider within each categorisation framework canvassed
- the benefits and drawbacks of each approach for students, for higher education providers, other tertiary education providers, regulators, governments and the broader economy
- the impact of adopting different institutional categories, for example:
- The potential for diversity of providers and student populations in each system
- Appropriate barriers to and facilitation of new provider entry
- Change management and transitional issues that would need to be taken into account in moving to a new approach
- Outline realistic and practical options that could be considered for adoption if a revised approach to categorising higher education providers in the Australian context were deemed to be warranted
- Make recommendations as to:
- the most appropriate categorisation system for Australian higher education delivery and
- criteria settings within each of the recommended provider categories.
Stakeholders will be consulted as part of the review.