Consultations

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:

Current consultations

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 are referred to as 'guidance notes' and are 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. Previously released guidance notes can be found on the provider resources page of this website.

Guidance notes will be published here as they are developed and are subject to a three month period for comment from the sector. Please direct any feedback to consultation@teqsa.gov.au. All guidance notes are subject to annual review and any feedback received after the initial three month consultation period will be taken into account in this review process.

Past consultations

TEQSA's 'core+' model for course accreditation

In 2015, TEQSA sought feedback on its proposed approach to further reducing evidence requirements for course accreditation and re-accreditation, by restricting core requirements to a sub-set of particular Standards and by assessing risk using indicators more closely related to an individual course as well as an organisation.

A summary report of the outcomes of the consultation process is now available.

The consultation paper is provded below for reference only: 

Information on the National 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.

The consultation period on the proposed changes closed on Friday 12 December 2014. TEQSA will publish a response shortly.

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:

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.

The consultation paper is provided below for reference only. 

Consultation - 'Information Guidelines'

A summary of the consultation outcomes for the draft information guidelines is now available.

The consultation paper is provided below for reference only. 

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.

Other consultations

TEQSA has also previously consulted with the higher education sector for comment on: