From time to time, TEQSA will seek feedback from the higher education sector. Information about TEQSA consultations will be available on this page.
TEQSA has developed an information sheet about the Agency's approach to conducting consultations:
Changes to the National Register
TEQSA is required by section 198 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 to establish and maintain a National Register of Higher Education Providers and to make it available for inspection on the internet.
The purpose of the National Register is to be the authoritative source of information on the status of registered higher education providers in Australia.
Information on the Register
The National Register Guidelines outline the provider and course information that TEQSA must include on the register, including providers whose registration has been cancelled by TEQSA. TEQSA may also include other information.
TEQSA is proposing making an amendment to the National Register to include the length of time a provider is registered by TEQSA.
For providers TEQSA has made a registration decision on, the number of years registered will be displayed on the provider details. For courses TEQSA has made a decision on, the number of years accredited will be displayed on the course details.
TEQSA is now seeking feedback from providers on this proposed change. Please direct any feedback to email@example.com by Friday 12 December 2014.
TEQSA guidance notes
As part of TEQSA’s regulatory reforms including the progressive streamlining of application processes, TEQSA has identified the need to provide information on topics of particular importance under the Threshold Standards. These will be referred to as 'guidance notes' and will be an important part of TEQSA’s regulatory framework, providing guidance to the higher education sector about the interpretation and application of the Threshold Standards based on TEQSA’s experience to date. They will be located with other resources on the provider resources page of the website.
Guidance notes do not introduce any new requirements of providers and it is important to note that these documents are not instructional or ‘how to’ documents.
In developing each guidance note, TEQSA consults with critical friends from the sector with expertise in the particular topic. TEQSA is also keen to draw on broader views from the sector on each guidance note, and so as each one is posted, it will be open for comment for a period of three months. The guidance notes currently open for comment are:
- Workforce planning (consultation period closes 5pm Thursday 5 February 2015)
- Nested courses (consultation period closes 5pm Thursday 5 February 2015)
- Academic governance (consultation period closes 5pm Thursday 1 January 2015)
- Corporate governance (consultation period closes 5pm Friday 2 January 2015)
Please direct any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org. All guidance notes will be subject to review on an annual basis, and any feedback received after the three month consultation period will be taken into account in the review process.
Consultation - 'Future directions for TEQSA's regulatory processes and Regulatory Risk Framework'
In October 2013 TEQSA consulted the higher education sector seeking feedback on the future directions of its regulatory processes and Regulatory Risk Framework.
After considering all submissions, the Agency has released two summary documents, available for download below:
- Future directions for TEQSA's regulatory processes (relating to: renewal of registration; course accreditation; and renewal of course accreditation): Consultation summary [PDF 243KB, 16 pages] [DOCX 146 MB, 16 pages]
- Future directions for TEQSA's Regulatory Risk Framework: Consultation summary [PDF 197KB, 14 pages] [DOCX 1.4MB, 14 pages]
The submissions received are available on the Reform consultation submissions page.
Consultation - 'Public reporting of regulatory decisions'
TEQSA sought feedback to inform the Agency's decisions on the form, scope, timing, and processes to be used when publishing its regulatory decisions on the National Register of Higher Education providers.
A summary report of the outcomes of the consultation process is now available.
- Summary report of the consultation process [PDF, 102KB, 11 pages]
- Summary report of the consultation process [DOCX, 1.4MB, 11 pages]
The consultation paper is provided below for reference only.
- TEQSA's approach to public reporting of regulatory decisions consultation paper [PDF 156KB, 8 pages]
- TEQSA's approach to public reporting of regulatory decisions consultation paper [DOCX 186KB, 8 pages]
Consultation - 'Information Guidelines'
A summary of the consultation outcomes for the draft information guidelines is now available.
- Summary of consultation outcomes on TEQSA’s draft information guidelines [PDF, 62KB, 1 page]
- Summary of consultation outcomes on TEQSA’s draft information guidelines [DOCX, 42KB, 1 page]
The consultation paper is provided below for reference only.
- Information guidelines consultation paper [PDF 50KB, 7 pages]
- Information guidelines consultation paper [DOC 135KB, 7 pages]
Consultation - '2012 Provider Information Request (PIR)'
TEQSA scoped its 2012 request after careful consideration of feedback received from the sector during its consultation on its annual data collection program. A summary of this feedback and TEQSA’s response is set out in the Summary Report of the Consultation Process.
TEQSA has also previously consulted with the higher education sector for comment on:
- Regulatory Risk Framework (December 2011-January 2012)
- TEQSA fee determination (January 2012)
- National Register Guidelines (August-September 2012)
TEQSA Reference Groups
TEQSA has established three consultative Reference Groups to provide sector feedback and advice to TEQSA on the further development of TEQSA’s key regulatory processes, including aspects of the Regulatory Risk Framework; the collection of data and information; and quality assurance functions.
The TEQSA Reference Groups and their members are:
Regulatory Risk, led by Commissioner Ian Hawke:
- Mr Steve Somogyi
- Mr Charles Littrell
- Ms Kate Gascoigne
- Mr Tony Heywood
- Dr George Brown
- Ms Maria Peters
Information Collection, led by Commissioner Michael Wells:
- Ms Carol McKenzie
- Mr Adrian McComb
- Mr Stuart Hamilton
- Professor Merran Evans
- Mr David de Bellis
- Ms Fleur Goulding
Regulation and Quality Assessment, led by Commissioner Dorte Kristoffersen:
- Professor Robert Elliot
- Professor Geoffrey Crisp
- Professor Anne Jones
- Ms Julie Renwick
- A/Professor Beverley Thiele
- Mr Ben Vivekanandan