TEQSA and public reporting

Purpose of public reports

The objects of the TEQSA Act (as listed at Section 3) include to:

  • protect and enhance:
    • Australia’s reputation for quality higher education and training services; and
    • Australia’s international competitiveness in the higher education sector; and
    • excellence, diversity and innovation in higher education in Australia
  • protect students undertaking, or proposing to undertake, higher education in Australia by requiring the provision of quality higher education
  • ensure students undertaking, or proposing to undertake, higher education, have access to information relating to higher education in Australia.

Reports on TEQSA’s decisions contribute to meeting these objects by making its regulatory decisions and actions publicly available. The reports provide information about the applicant, the decision taken and the main reasons for TEQSA’s decision.

Section 196 of the TEQSA Act provides that TEQSA may disclose to the public, higher education information that relates to anything done under the Act. Paragraph 134(1)(e) gives TEQSA the function to “collect, analyse, interpret and disseminate information” relating to higher education providers, higher education awards, quality assurance practice and quality improvement in higher education and the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Approach to public reporting

TEQSA uses the National Register to share information with the public about registered providers. The Register includes key information: legal entity name; trading name/s used for the provider’s higher education operations; ABN; provider category in which the provider is registered; registration renewal date and period of registration; head office address; website for higher education operations; self-accrediting authority status; and the names of each higher education course of study accredited by TEQSA, as well as the accreditation renewal date of each higher education course of study accredited by TEQSA and period of accreditation.

The information on the National Register identifies whether a decision has resulted in any changes to the information listed on it, for example by amending a provider’s course accreditation or registration period, or by listing a new accredited higher education course of study. Conditions imposed by TEQSA are also noted on the Register. Conditions will be removed from the Register once they have been met by the provider, or if they are revoked by TEQSA.

Other information relating to TEQSA’s public reporting is to be found in the following documents: