Murdoch University renewal of registration

TEQSA has renewed Murdoch University’s registration as an Australian University for a period of four years until 9 June 2025.

The renewal was made under section 36 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act).

This follows TEQSA’s 2020:

  • compliance assessment of Murdoch under section 59 of the TEQSA Act, and
  • assessment of Murdoch’s application for renewal of registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

After assessing the University’s registration renewal application, on 9 June 2021 TEQSA concluded that Murdoch was at risk of not continuing to meet the relevant requirements of Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.

These risks were in relation to:

  • Governance (Standard 6.2.1 and Standard 6.3.2) and the extent to which:
    • Murdoch’s governing body has sufficiently managed and mitigated material risks identified in its operations
    • the Academic Council adequately identifies, mitigates and maintains oversight of material risks that impact teaching and learning quality at Murdoch.
  • Course review and improvement activities (Standard 5.3.4) and the extent to which Murdoch has established systematic benchmarking of student performance data across comparable courses.

Having considered whether to include conditions on the university’s registration, TEQSA will afford Murdoch the opportunity to undertake the necessary actions to address these risks through a voluntary undertaking.

In reaching this decision, TEQSA noted that Murdoch has commissioned reviews which will assist it to identify risks and possible future non-compliance and to address them in a timely and effective manner. These actions reflect a positive commitment to continuous improvement at Murdoch.

The voluntary undertaking sets out the actions Murdoch intends to take to address most of the identified risks. It will also provide a suitable framework for Murdoch to demonstrate ongoing improvements to its corporate and academic governance arrangements and the monitoring, review and improvement of its courses.

TEQSA has made this statement in light of the general public interest in the matters covered by the assessment. This disclosure is made under s196 of the TEQSA Act.


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