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Professor Joan Cooper appointed as TEQSA Commissioner

11 April 2019

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has announced the appointment of Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper as a Commissioner. The appointment, made by the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, is for a period of five years.

TEQSA Chief Commissioner Professor Nick Saunders, in welcoming Professor Cooper’s appointment, said “Professor Cooper brings a wealth of experience to TEQSA, drawn from her service in Australian universities, independent higher education providers and TAFE providers, as well as having extensive national and international experience in tertiary education accreditation and quality assurance.”

Professor Cooper has a distinguished record in higher education, having served in senior positions at a number of universities, including the University of New South Wales, Flinders University and the University of Wollongong. 

More recently, she has both chaired the Academic Board of TAFE NSW and worked closely with independent higher education providers, including chairing governance committees and undertaking reviews of operational areas. She has direct experience of the particular strengths and challenges of all parts of Australia’s diverse higher education sector.

The decision to appoint an additional Commissioner will provide further expertise and continuity for the agency’s work in protecting students and the reputation of the Australian higher education sector.

Professor Cooper will join existing Commissioners Professor Nick Saunders AO, Dr Lin Martin and Emeritus Professor Cliff Walsh.

Along with responsibility for TEQSA’s regulatory decisions, the Commissioners, as TEQSA’s Accountable Authority, are also responsible for setting the strategic directions of the agency, governance, financial management, performance reporting and its regulatory approach.