New TEQSA training course to help academic and professional staff detect and deter contract cheating

TEQSA is supporting Australia’s higher education sector in the ongoing fight against academic cheating services, with new training for academics and professional staff.

The TEQSA Masterclass: Contract cheating detection and deterrence is designed to help academics and professional staff improve their ability to prevent, identify and investigate suspected cases of contract cheating (where students outsource their cheating to a third party).

Comprising 8 online modules, the Masterclass was developed by the higher education regulator in partnership with leading Australian academic integrity experts.

The self-directed course is free to all staff at higher education institutions registered with TEQSA.

In addition to the online component, participants will also be invited to in-person networking workshops to further build skills and share good practice.

The workshops will be held later this year in Adelaide, Hobart, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin and Perth.

Academics and professional staff can enrol in the Masterclass via the TEQSA website at

TEQSA thanks the project team, co-led by Professor Cath Ellis (UNSW) and Mr Kane Murdoch (Macquarie University), for their work in developing this Masterclass.

Quotes attributable to TEQSA Chief Commissioner Professor Peter Coaldrake AO

“TEQSA is working with Australian higher education providers to combat the integrity risk posed by commercial academic cheating services.

“Today we launched our new TEQSA Masterclass: Contract cheating detection and deterrence to upskill academics and professional staff and support them to address this issue within their institution.

“This course was developed in partnership with leading Australian academic integrity experts and will help strengthen the sector’s response to the risks posed by academic cheating services.”

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