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Australia and New Zealand share knowledge to promote academic integrity

22 January 2020

Two workshops will be held in New Zealand to support institutions to promote academic integrity and address contract cheating, in a special partnership between the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities, Universities New Zealand and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, in conjunction with Australia’s Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. 

Strengthening institutions’ abilities to promote a culture of academic integrity, the workshops will also explore current practices available to providers to combat contract cheating. 

“Promoting academic integrity and preventing and responding to lack of integrity are global issues. Three New Zealand quality assurance bodies are collaborating with TEQSA to make academic integrity workshops available to New Zealand universities and other education institutions. We are very pleased to be able to learn from the substantial work that TEQSA and our Australian colleagues have undertaken,” said Sheelagh Matear, Executive Director of the Academic Quality Agency for New Zealand Universities.

The workshops were originally commissioned by TEQSA and developed in Australia by a team of experts, led by Professor Tracey Bretag from the University of South Australia, with Dr Guy Curtis, University of Western Australia, Dr Christine Slade, University of Queensland, and Dr Margot McNeill, International College of Management Sydney. More than 400 provider representatives attended the workshops throughout regional and urban Australia.

“As Australia’s tertiary education regulator, TEQSA is delighted to be working in partnership with our New Zealand counterparts, to address the global problem of contract cheating. We are confident New Zealand institutions will find these workshops equally as informative, especially in terms of practical measures to promote academic integrity and respond to breaches,” said TEQSA Chief Executive Officer Anthony McClaran. 

The New Zealand workshops will be held on the 4th and 5th February 2020 in Auckland and Christchurch.

  • 4 February 9:00am – 12:30pm, Decima Glenn Room, Owen Glenn Building, The University of Auckland
  • 5 February 9:00am – 12:30pm, Undercroft 101, Puaka James Hight, University of Canterbury

Please register online at or email comms [at] aqa.ac.nz