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Student expert group to advise TEQSA

7 March 2018

The inaugural meeting of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) Student Expert Advisory Group has been in held in Canberra, gathering student representatives and the agency’s senior management and Commission.

The meeting brought together the newly formed group to discuss how the agency can better utilise the student voice in its regulatory and quality assurance work, and discuss options for future collaboration.

TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaran said that the group gathered student leaders from around the country and included representatives from domestic, international and indigenous under and postgraduate student bodies.

"One of TEQSA’s key purposes is to safeguard student interests, and this group will ensure the student voice helps guide TEQSA’s future work", said Mr McClaran.

“The diverse make-up of this group will allow TEQSA to call on student experience to guide and advise us on a range of issues relevant to Australia’s higher education sector”.

The group discussed raising student awareness of TEQSA’s regulatory decisions, how to involve the student voice in the agency’s regulatory work and the actions currently underway to tackle the issue of sexual assault and harassment.

Plans are underway for the next meeting, with the group planning to meet at least three times per year.

After having a strong student attendance and focus at its 2017 conference, TEQSA has continued to formalise partnerships with student representative bodies. The agency now has formal MoUs with four of Australia’s leading student representative bodies, with more planned for 2018.

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Media enquiries

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