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TEQSA Annual Report 2013–14

23 October 2014

TEQSA's Annual Report for 2013-14 was tabled in Parliament on 23 October 2014.

Overview

This report informs The Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education, the Parliament of Australia; the Australian higher education community; and the general public about the performance of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA or the Agency) during the financial year ending 30 June 2014.

Prepared according to parliamentary reporting requirements, the report describes TEQSA’s achievements against the goals set out in TEQSA’s 2013–14 Portfolio Budget Statements and Portfolio Additional Estimates Statements. It provides information on TEQSA’s performance in relation to its stated outcome:

[To] contribute to a high-quality higher education sector through streamlined and nationally consistent higher education regulatory arrangements; registration of higher education providers; accreditation of higher education courses; and investigation, quality assurance, and dissemination of higher education standards and performance.

Section 1

Review by the Acting Chief Commissioner – highlights significant issues and initiatives TEQSA has managed over the past year, as well as the Acting Chief Commissioner’s perspective on current and future challenges.

Section 2

Agency Overview – provides information about TEQSA and its Commissioners, its roles and functions, and organisational structure.

Section 3

Performance Review – reports on how TEQSA performed during the reporting period against its stated outcome (above) and the program framework contained in the 2013–14 Portfolio Budget Statements for the (then) Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education portfolio.

Section 4

Management and Accountability – provides information on corporate governance, external and internal accountability, human resource management, financial management, purchasing, consultants and contract management, legal services, and other activities relevant to the administration of the Agency.

Section 5

Financial Report – presents audited financial statements for the year ending 30 June 2014.

Section 6

Appendices – includes information relating to TEQSA’s quality assurance and regulatory approach and its international activities, as well as reporting on TEQSA’s staffing, and its performance in relation to Australian Government environmental, disability, freedom of information, and financial management outcomes.

Section 7

Indices and References – assists readers to locate and understand information in the annual report (includes compliance index, acronyms, glossary of terms, and alphabetical index).