Changing our approach to public reporting
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has announced that its regulatory decisions will be published faster and made more accessible from January 2018.
From 2018, the agency will also make its decisions to reject applications for initial registration and initial accreditation of a course of study public. This change will increase transparency and ensure current and prospective students, and the general public, have access to relevant information about TEQSA’s decisions.
In addition to publishing decisions not previously made public, the agency will move to update its National Register of Higher Education Providers sooner after decisions have been made, with public announcements of significant decisions also planned.
TEQSA chief executive Anthony McClaran said that the changes were formulated after extensive consultation with the higher education sector and aim to increase transparency in the agency’s operations.
“While we have always aimed to operate as transparently as possible, there is room for further improvement in not only what we report, but the way we report it”, said Mr McClaran.
“These changes in our approach to public reporting aim to promote confidence in TEQSA’s approach to regulation and quality assurance, and provide the public with as much relevant information as possible”.
The agency has been consulting with the sector on the planned changes since early 2017, resulting in a revised set of National Register Guidelines and a new policy to guide public reporting of decisions. Other changes of note will see the agency not only publish information on whether applicants have sought for a review of a decision, but also the varied or amended decision alongside the initial decision.
The revised public reporting activities will also ensure that any publication of information is in accordance with principles of procedural fairness and does not prejudice a provider’s right to have a decision reviewed.