Engagement with professional bodies
TEQSA and professional bodies with links to the higher education sector have a mutual interest in maintaining and improving quality in the provision of higher education in Australia.
TEQSA has agreed that the following principles should guide its engagement with professional bodies:
- the development of a complementary approach to course accreditation processes and requirements
- the use of professional bodies as a source of expert advice
- the sharing of information with professional bodies to inform TEQSA’s regulatory activity and to protect the interests of students and the higher education sector;
- encouraging alignment of professional outcomes with learning outcome requirements of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF); and
- fostering communication between TEQSA and professional bodies regarding each other’s respective roles.
TEQSA is currently working with a sample of bodies responsible for regulating and/or accrediting TEQSA-accredited programs due for re-accreditation in 2013. Our primary aim will be to explore the possibility of complementary accreditation processes.
TEQSA will also look to build relationships with a broad range of bodies that have a statutory responsibility for regulating a profession and for accrediting related professional programs, for example, professional registration and accreditation bodies in medical and legal fields.
As a first step in this process, TEQSA has prepared a set of Information Guidelines that specify the Commonwealth, State or Territory authorities we may share higher education information with under Sections 189 and 194 of the TEQSA Act.
The Information Guidelines can be found on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016L00993. In addition, we are also in the process of developing a list of professional bodies with whom TEQSA can share higher education information under section 193 of the TEQSA Act. The list will be published on this page in due course and will be an important step in supporting the aforementioned principles.
Enquiries from professional bodies can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Quality Assurance Agency agreements
TEQSA has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the following organisations, to facilitate the sharing of information and reduce regulatory burden on higher education providers:
- MoU between TEQSA and Victorian Institute of Teaching (9 January 2017) [140kb, 2 pages]
- MoU between TEQSA and Speech Pathology Australia (5 December 2016) [60kb, 2 pages]
- MoU between TEQSA and Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (21 November 2016) [100kb, 2 pages]
- MoU between TEQSA and Australasian Veterinary Board Council Inc. (25 October 2016) [665kb, 8 pages]
- Department of Education and Training (14 October 2016) [PDF 950kb, 15 pages]
- The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (7 September 2016) [PDF 120kb, 2 pages]
- Queensland College of Teachers (1 September 2016) [PDF 50kb, 2 pages]
- Australian Medical Council (13 July 2016) [PDF 130kb; 6 pages]
- Australian Skills Quality Authority (7 July 2016) [PDF 69kb; 3 pages]
- Engineers Australia (30 June 2016) [PDF 212kb; 7 pages]
- English Australia (22 March 2016) [PDF 183kb; 6 pages]
- MoU between TEQSA and Overseas Students Ombudsman (17 January 2016) [PDF 740kb, 8 pages]
- Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (7 October 2015)
- CPA Australia (9 April 2015) [PDF 156kb; 7 pages]
- Australian Dental Council (21 November 2014) [PDF 165kb; 6 pages]
- Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (13 November 2013) [PDF 183kb, 7 pages]
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