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

Consultation on TEQSA proposal to make a legislative instrument under the ESOS Act

Feedback is being sought on TEQSA's proposal to make a legislative instrument under subsection 10D(3) of the recently amended ESOS Act.

Responses to the questions posed in this paper, and other relevant feedback, can be sent to consultation@teqsa.gov.au

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Monday 29 August 2016

For further information, please contact consultation@teqsa.gov.au

Please note that TEQSA intends to publish a summary report of submissions received. If you do not wish your submission to be published in full or in part, please indicate this in your response. TEQSA may alter the format or content of submissions before they are published, or decline to publish particular submissions, having regard to the requirements for Australian Government websites.

Consultation on TEQSA's External Reporting Program

As the national quality assurance agency of Australia’s higher education sector TEQSA holds a range of information from its data collection, risk analysis and assessment functions which may inform the public about the operations of the higher education sector. 

Feedback is being sought on the suitability a range of areas of information for publication that would be of greatest value to students, providers and the general public. The proposed areas for feedback include the reporting and publication of data and analysis on assessment outcomes, risk analysis and other potential future areas for TEQSA’s reporting program.

TEQSA is interested in hearing from you on these proposals, and feedback and suggestions you may have more generally about TEQSA’s external reporting.

Responses to the questions posed in this paper, and other relevant feedback, can be sent to consultation@teqsa.gov.au

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 31 August 2016

For further information, please contact consultation@teqsa.gov.au

Please note that TEQSA intends to publish a summary report of submissions received. If you do not wish your submission to be published in full or in part, please indicate this in your response. TEQSA may alter the format or content of submissions before they are published, or decline to publish particular submissions, having regard to the requirements for Australian Government websites.

Past consultations

Publication of key financial metrics data

TEQSA sought feedback from stakeholders on its public reporting of key financial metrics of registered higher education providers. This proposed release aims to enhance and improve the level of publicly available financial information on the higher education sector, with a view to better informing decision making by sector stakeholders. The impetus for more reporting by TEQSA came during a series of roundtable discussions with providers during August/September 2015, where there was broad sector support for TEQSA releasing selected sector data held by the AgencyThe consultation closed on Friday 15 January 2016.

A summary report of the outcomes of the consultation process is available below: 

The consultation paper is provided below for reference only:

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.

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 available below:

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: