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Engagement with professional bodies

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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.

We have 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 our 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)
  • fostering communication between us and professional bodies regarding each other’s respective roles.

We are currently working with a sample of bodies responsible for regulating and/or accrediting TEQSA-accredited programs. Our primary aim will be to explore the possibility of complementary and streamlined accreditation processes.

Additionally, we are building relationships with a broad range of bodies that have a statutory responsibility for:

  • regulating a profession
  • accrediting related professional programs.

For example, professional registration and accreditation bodies in medical and legal fields.

As a first step in this process, we have 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 Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act).

Professional Quality Assurance Agency agreements

TEQSA has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the following organisations, to facilitate the sharing of information and reduce regulatory burden on higher education providers through joint and streamlined approaches to assessment.

To view a copy of the MOU contact: comms [at] teqsa.gov.au

Departments, Agencies and Peak Bodies

  • Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission  (13 November 2013)
  • Overseas Students Ombudsman (17 January 2014)
  • English Australia (22 March 2016)
  • Australian Skills Quality Authority (7 July 2016)
  • Department of Education and Training (14 October 2016)
  • Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) (8 February 2017)
  • Australian Council of Professions (Professions Australia) (20 February 2017)
  • Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) (23 February 2017)
  • Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) (6 March 2017)

Education

  • Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (7 October 2015)
  • Queensland College of Teachers (1 September 2016)
  • Teachers Registration Board of South Australia (21 November 2016)
  • Victorian Institute of Teaching  (9 January 2017)
  • National ELT Accreditation Scheme Ltd (NEAS) (20 February 2017)
  • Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (20 September 2017)
  • National Union of Students (NUS) (21 September 2017)
  • Council of International Students Australia (29 November 2017)
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Association (30 November 2017)

Health

  • Australian Dental Council (21 November 2014)
  • Australian Medical Council (13 July 2016)
  • Speech Pathology Australia (5 December 2016)
  • Australasian Osteopathic Accreditation Council (13 February 2017)
  • Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council  (21 February 2017)
  • Australian Pharmacy Council (7 April 2017)
  • Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand (1 August 2017)
  • Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (7 December 2017)

Industry

  • CPA Australia (9 April 2015)
  • Engineers Australia (30 June 2016)
  • The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education (7 September 2016)
  • Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) (7 October 2016)
  • Australasian Veterinary Board Council Inc. (25 October 2016)
  • Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) (28 October 2016)
  • Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC) / Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) (26 September 2017)