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Guidance notes

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The Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework) has applied since 1 January 2017. 

From a regulatory perspective, all applications made: 

  • before 1 January 2017 will be assessed against the HES Framework 2011 
  • on or after 1 January 2017 will be assessed against the HES Framework 2015. 

Material Change Notification Policy (HES Framework 2015)

While the beta consultation period has now closed for the below Material Change Notification Policy, comments to standards [at] teqsa.gov.au are still welcome. We will be considering consultation feedback, and will publish a revised guidance note as appropriate. 

View the Material Change Notification Policy – updated 11 August 2017 

Guidance notes (HES Framework 2015)

The resources published on this page are not instructional or ‘how to’ documents for compliance with the new HES Framework.

TEQSA publishes guidance notes, to provide greater clarity for providers in the interpretation and application of selected standards. Guidance notes draw on our regulatory experience and knowledge of experts in the higher education sector.

We appreciate the constructive feedback received to date on a number of these guidance notes relating to the new HES Framework. Some guidance notes have already been updated as a result of consultation feedback. We will be revising and republishing further guidance notes over the next few months. While the beta consultation period has now closed for these particular guidance notes, comments to standards [at] teqsa.gov.au are still welcome.

Guidance notes currently open for comment

The below guidance note is open for a three-month consultation period until 18 September 2019. Please direct any feedback to standards [at] teqsa.gov.au

Current guidance notes

Guidance note Last updated
Academic Governance 11 October 2017
Academic Integrity  28 March 2019
Academic Leadership (beta version) 18 June 2019
Academic Quality Assurance 11 October 2017
Changes in a Course of Study that may lead to Accreditation as a New Course 6 March 2017
Corporate Governance 11 October 2017
Course Design (including Learning Outcomes and Assessment) 11 October 2017
Credit and RPL [full title: Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning] 15 March 2019
Determining Professional Equivalence – [full title: Determining Equivalence of Professional Experience and Academic Qualifications] 18 April 2017
Diversity and Equity 11 October 2017
ELICOS Direct Entry 5 June 2019
External Referencing [full title: External Referencing (including Benchmarking)] 16 April 2019
Financial Assessment 11 April 2019
Financial Standing  11 April 2019
Grievance and Complaint Handling 22 February 2019
Joint and Dual Awards 11 October 2017
Nested Courses  11 October 2017
Research and Research Training 5 July 2018
Scholarship 12 December 2018
Staffing, Learning Resources and Educational Support  22 November 2017
Technology-Enhanced Learning  11 April 2019
TEQSA and the Australian Qualifications Framework 10 November 2016
Third-Party Arrangements  11 October 2017
Transnational Higher Education - Inbound [full title: Transnational Higher Education into Australia (including international providers seeking to offer higher education in Australia)] 11 October 2017
Varying a Period of Registration or Accreditation 19 August 2016
Wellbeing and Safety  8 January 2018
Work-Integrated Learning 11 October 2017
Workforce Planning 3 April 2019

    Guidance notes (HES Framework 2011)

    The following guidance notes are no longer current as they relate to the HES Framework 2011 (no longer in force):

    Accreditation and Registration