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Regulator welcomes review of TEQSA Act

28 November 2018

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has welcomed the release of the Government response to the review of the TEQSA Act’s impact on the Australian higher education sector.

The review has found the sector to be positive about the establishment of TEQSA, which has delivered benefits including reducing compliance burden, improving consistency and confidence of stakeholders in the Australian higher education sector.

TEQSA chief executive Anthony McClaran said that the review was an important way of ensuring that the legislation governing Australian higher education was fit for purpose and in meeting with sector needs.

“The review has found that TEQSA’s role is understood and appreciated by the sector and that the move to a single national regulatory framework has had a positive impact on the sector’s quality and reputation”, said Mr McClaran.

“The review has also found that the TEQSA Act is operating effectively and as intended, and has recommended only minor amendments, which will improve the Act’s administration across the sector”.

The Government has accepted the review, responding to each of its recommendations and is now moving towards developing a bill to give effect to the proposed amendments, which will further enhance TEQSA’s operation and efficiency.

Other amendments to the TEQSA Act include expanding the representation of the Higher Education Standards Panel, ensuring that members reflect the shape of the sector and have experience in the provision of higher education by both university and independent higher education providers.

The review of the TEQSA Act was undertaken by Deloitte Access Economics – overseen by the Higher Education Standards Panel – and carefully considered a range of submissions and consultations with the sector, while extensively analysing the TEQSA Act itself.

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Media enquiries

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