TEQSA Masterclass

Contract cheating detection and deterrence

This short course and accompanying situational judgment test (SJT) will build your baseline knowledge about academic integrity issues and techniques and practices for deterring and detecting contract cheating.

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At a glance

  • 8 online modules
  • Duration: 3 hours, self-directed
  • Optional in-person workshop
  • Cost: Free

About this Masterclass

Developed in partnership with Australian academic integrity experts, this Masterclass will strengthen your knowledge of academic integrity issues and develop your skills to prevent and investigate instances of contract cheating (where students outsource their cheating to a third party).

This Masterclass is self-directed, self-paced and only accessible to academics or professional staff with an Australian higher education provider email address.

To further support you, in-person workshops will be held across Australia for participants who complete the Masterclass. These workshops will enable you to further explore the topics and exchange knowledge and best practice with peers from across the sector.

The Masterclass builds on TEQSA’s partnership approach with the sector to address the integrity risk posed by commercial academic cheating and adds to suite of co-developed resources such as the Academic Integrity Toolkit.

We’ve been informed that some users are not receiving confirmation emails upon signing up. While we work to resolve this issue, please try logging in again as your account may be active or email integrityunit@teqsa.gov.au as our team is regularly checking for any unconfirmed enrolments.

In-person workshops

Registration for the in-person workshops will open a few weeks prior to the workshop date. You will need to be enrolled in the course to access the workshop registration link.

People enrolled in the Masterclass will receive a message letting them know when registrations have opened for upcoming workshops.

Workshop places are limited. Participants are expected to have completed the Masterclass to gain the most benefit.

Upcoming workshops

Thursday 21 September: Brisbane (registrations open)
Thursday 5 October: Canberra (registrations open)

Depending on demand, we may schedule additional workshops in 2024.

Masterclass designers and contributors

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Co-Lead: Professor Cath Ellis, The University of Sydney

Photo of Kane Murdoch Co-Lead: Mr Kane Murdoch, Macquarie University
Photo of Guy Curtis Associate Professor Guy Curtis, University of Western Australia
Photo of Phill Dawson Professor Phillip Dawson, Deakin University
Photo of Tristan Enright Mr Tristan Enright, The University of Sydney
Photo of Rowena Harper Professor Rowena Harper, Edith Cowan University
Photo of Nick Milne Associate Professor Nick Milne, Deakin University
Photo of Ann Rogerson Professor Ann Rogerson, University of Wollongong
Photo of Katherine Seaton Associate Professor Katherine Seaton, La Trobe University
Photo of Jasmine Thomas Dr Jasmine Thomas, University of Southern Queensland
Photo of Sheona Thomson Ms Sheona Thomson, Queensland University of Technology


We also thank the respective multimedia teams at Edith Cowan University, UNSW Sydney and the University of Southern Queensland for supporting production of Masterclass modules.

Last updated:
31 Jul 2023