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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, and education now Australia’s third largest export, 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.

Review of the Register of Experts

In 2019, we conducted a review of the TEQSA Register of Experts, considering all aspects of engagement with external experts as part of our ongoing efforts to maintain the quality and reputation of the Australian higher education sector. The review process was overseen by our Experts Advisory Board which is made up of representatives from across higher education, including: 

  • 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.