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 professionalbodies@teqsa.gov.au.

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: