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Higher Education Integrity Unit

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TEQSA’s approach to implementation of the Higher Education Integrity Unit

On 24 June 2020, the Government announced funding for a new Higher Education Integrity Unit to be established within TEQSA.

The new Higher Education Integrity Unit will enhance our capacity to work with the higher education sector and government agencies to identify and respond to emerging integrity risks within the sector. 

Areas of focus for the Higher Education Integrity Unit will develop and change as circumstances require. Priorities for the Unit’s activities will be established and regularly reviewed in collaboration with the sector, government and other stakeholders. Education, guidance and support of higher education providers and their students will be the principal approaches adopted by the Unit, with the use of compliance investigations and enforcement action available if necessary.

Current TEQSA interests, such as academic integrity, admissions standards and information, student safety, fraud and corruption, will continue. An early, major focus of the Unit will be to take action against commercial contract cheating providers and discharge TEQSA’s responsibilities under the Prohibiting Academic Cheating Services Bill which is currently before Parliament.

The Higher Education Integrity Unit will not seek to duplicate or replace the activities of other government agencies. TEQSA will work collaboratively with government bodies that have primary responsibility for other integrity threats relevant to higher education, such as cybersecurity, foreign interference and research integrity. We will work in partnership with these agencies to support the building of capability of institutions to identify and manage ongoing and emerging integrity issues as they arise. Recognising that a number of existing initiatives to address these sector concerns are focused on the response of Australian Universities, TEQSA is well positioned to engage with the broader range of smaller independent registered higher education providers to tailor and disseminate learnings which is appropriately contextualised to their unique operating context.

Should you have any questions relating to the Higher Education Integrity Unit, please contact enquiries [at] teqsa.gov.au.