Go to top of page

Guidance notes

People having an informal meeting over coffee

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 (as identified in the list below). 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 notes relating to the new HES Framework are open for a three-month consultation period until 23 January 2018. Please direct any feedback to standards [at] teqsa.gov.au

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The following guidance notes are no longer current as they relate to the HES Framework 2011 (no longer in force):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