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Professional accreditation changes welcomed by regulator

28 February 2018

TEQSA has welcomed proposed changes to professional accreditation practices which aim to reduce duplication and burden for higher education providers.

The proposed changes, announced today by the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, see the Government accept recommendations made by the Higher Education Standards Panel to introduce legislation limiting professional accreditation to matters that are profession-specific.

TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaran said the legislation would provide greater clarity on the role of accrediting bodies in assuring higher education providers’ operations.

"The proposed changes will mean that areas of operations which TEQSA assures under the Higher Education Standards Framework, such as academic governance, are not duplicated by professional accreditation practice", said Mr McClaran.

Other recommendations include a greater focus on outcomes-based quality assurance and TEQSA providing additional guidance to build the capacity of accreditation bodies, supporting the common endeavour of reducing regulatory burden.

TEQSA has been collaborating with professional accreditation bodies since 2014, signing over 20 MoUs allowing the agency and accreditation bodies to collaborate and work towards increasing efficiency.

The planned changes are consistent with the 2016 Professional Accreditation – Mapping the Territory report which looked at the impact of professional accreditation on Australian higher education.

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Media enquiries

Raphael May, Assistant Director, Communications: raphael.may [at] teqsa.gov.au, 0437 143 012 or (03) 8306 2536.