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Engagement with professional bodies

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TEQSA and industry professional accreditation bodies with links to the higher education sector have a mutual interest in maintaining and improving quality in the provision of Australian higher education.

We have agreed that the following principles should guide our engagement with industry professional accreditation 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 TEQSA 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).

Industry Professional Accreditation Quality Assurance Agency agreements

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

To speak to us about our MOUs, contact: comms [at] teqsa.gov.au

Departments, agencies and peak bodies

Organisation

Date of signing

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 (ASQA) 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
Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) (formerly the Council of Private Higher Education) 23 February 2017
Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) 6 March 2017

 Education

Organisation

Date of signing

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 (CISA) 29 November 2017
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Postgraduate Associations
(NATSIPA)
30 November 2017
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium
(NATSIHEC)
16 November 2018

Health 

Organisation

Date of signing

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
Occupational Therapy Council (Australia and New Zealand) 8 March 2017
Australian Pharmacy Council 7 April 2017
Optometry Council of Australia and New Zealand  1 August 2017
Australian Psychology Accreditation Council  7 December 2017
Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council 29 May 2018
Health Professions Accreditation Collaborative Forum 8 November 2018
Australian Physiotherapy Council 18 December 2018
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 1 February 2019
Australian Society of Dermal Clinicians (ASDC) 18 March 2019
Australian Dental Council 25 March 2019
Council on Chiropractic Education Australasia (CCEA) 8 May 2019
Audiology Australia (AudA) 22 August 2019

Industry 

Organisation

Date of signing

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)
27 April 2018
Safety Institute of Australia (SIA) 8 October 2018
Australasian Supply Chain Institute (ASCI)  18 October 2018
Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) 19 February 2019
Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) 6 March 2019
Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) 22 August 2019