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COVID-19 response continues with first Undergraduate Certificate courses accredited

20 May 2020

TEQSA has completed the first accreditations of new Undergraduate Certificate courses.

Professor Nick Saunders, TEQSA Chief Commissioner and Acting CEO, said the agency has implemented a streamlined approach for the assessment of new Graduate and Undergraduate Certificate courses, which form part of the Australian Government’s recently announced Higher Education Support Package.

“We’re working closely with the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure Australian higher education courses continue to be world-class,” Professor Saunders said.

“Through our streamlined approvals process, TEQSA is supporting providers to get these new courses to students as soon as possible.”

TEQSA’s other work to support the sector through the COVID-19 pandemic includes:

  • Reducing the administrative burden of regulation on higher education providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, including deferring cyclical assessments, waiving fees and refunding fees already paid.
  • Publishing good practice resources to support higher education providers transitioning to online delivery.
  • Updating our webpages for students.
  • Working with RMIT University to develop a series of webinars for higher education professionals to support good online learning practice.

The Undergraduate Certificate is a formal qualification recognised under the Australian Qualifications Framework. All higher education providers (with the appropriate accreditation), can issue Undergraduate Certificates until at least December 2021.