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Information for TEQSA Experts

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Overview of the Register of Experts

TEQSA uses external experts to provide independent advice on specific, identified elements of our regulatory assessments and reviews by responding to specific briefs prepared by assessment teams. With Australians pursuing higher education in record numbers, TEQSA’s work is more important than ever and having access to a register of external experts helps us to perform our regulatory functions efficiently and to a high standard.

Our staff use input from external experts to provide advice that contributes to assessments of providers’ applications for:

  • registration as a higher education provider
  • renewal of registration as a higher education provider  
  • accreditation of a course of study
  • renewal of accreditation of a course of study.

It is important to note that external expert advice is only one input into our regulatory process and experts do not draft recommendations or make regulatory decisions.

The Register of Experts is overseen by an Experts Advisory Board, which provides advice concerning the management of TEQSA’s experts workforce including:

  • strategies and advice about the approach to the recruitment and selection of an appropriate cohort of experts
  • advice on training of experts for TEQSA assessments, including the development of training materials
  • advice on the ongoing management of TEQSA’s experts and the maintenance of the TEQSA experts community
  • any other advice as requested by the TEQSA Commission.

Our Experts Advisory Board consists of representatives from across the higher education sector and includes: 

  • Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper, TEQSA Commissioner
  • Professor Stephen Naylor, Chair Academic Board, James Cook University
  • Ms Heather Tinsley, Senior Business Development Consultant, Navitas.

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Conflict of interest and experts

We take confidentiality and managing conflicts of interest with experts very seriously.

Experts engaged by TEQSA are required to declare any real or perceived conflicts of interest that might arise before they undertake assignments for the agency.

Conflicts of interest could include: 

  • any financial interest in the assignment
  • any relatives or friends with an interest in the assignment
  • any personal bias or inclination which would affect decisions in relation to their assessment of an assignment
  • any personal obligation, allegiance or loyalty which would affect decisions in relation to the assignment
  • any employment history and/or prior contracts with the applicant involved in an assignment.

Existing experts are obliged to notify us as soon as possible if they consider that they have any matters that need to be declared in light of the above.

Useful resources for existing experts

Experts may find the below tip sheet, frequently asked questions document and walkthrough video helpful when using the portal:

Experts should ensure that their contact details are always up to date. You can advise us of any changes by emailing engaging.experts [at] teqsa.gov.au.