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Consultation

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We have developed key aspects of our regulatory approach in consultation with higher education stakeholders. We recognise that consultation influences the quality of our relations with the higher education sector and can be an important way of collecting evidence which allows us to meet the objects of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act). 

Current consultations

There are no consultations currently open.

Previous consultations

Fit and proper person considerations

(Closed 1 December 2017)

As a consequence of the passing of the Education Legislative Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2017, TEQSA is able to specify matters that the agency may have regard to in deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.

TEQSA’s proposed matters for consideration were set out in the following consultation paper. 

Sector consultation on proposed changes to the publication of TEQSA’s decisions

(Closed 14 March 2017)

TEQSA sought feedback, via a consultation paper, on the proposed changes to the publication of regulatory decisions.

The consultation focused on proposed changes to the frequency and way we published decisions.

Questions about whether we should publish more information, including rejections, involve an important balance between the interests of higher education providers, students and other stakeholders.

The developments in our practices and in the approaches of other agencies meant that it was timely to revisit these issues. 

We proposed that a simplified set of principles be adopted, informed by approaches of other Australian Government agencies, to guide our future approach.

As part of the consultation process, we will carefully consider all feedback before we make any changes to our approach. We are committed to ensuring that all stakeholders have an opportunity to provide us with their views.

Summary of consultation

View the summary report of the consultation process for the public reporting of TEQSA's decisions.

Principles of consultation

Our approach to consultation is guided by the regulatory principles of: reflecting risk, proportionality and necessity. Our consultations are also guided by the following principles which are covered in further detail in our Information Sheet: TEQSA’s approach to Consultation.

Broad consultation

We endeavour to consult with all relevant stakeholders.

Clear purpose and scope

We will clearly explain the objectives of the consultation process.

Enough time

We aim to allow enough time for stakeholders to consider the potential impact of items out for consultation.

Accessible

We will ensure consultation processes and documents can be easily accessed by all stakeholders

Minimal burden

Where possible, we aim to keep the potential impact of consultation to a minimum.

Clear feedback and outcomes

Where possible, we will provide clear feedback to participants following each consultation.

Improvement

We will formally evaluate each consultation process to identify ways of making future consultations more effective and efficient.

Confidentiality and privacy

We will consider all requests to keep information confidential. While TEQSA has certain statutory obligations of confidentiality under the TEQSA Act, we also operate within a public accountability framework which includes obligations to provide information to certain government stakeholders.

For more information on all of the points above view our Information Sheet: TEQSA’s approach to Consultation.