Student records initiative welcomed by TEQSA
TEQSA has welcomed an Australian Government initiative that will ensure students have access to their academic records in the event of their higher education provider's closure.
Announced by the Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, today as part of the Job-ready Graduates Package, the new Student Records Management initiative provides $2 million over four years for TEQSA to develop the capability and ICT infrastructure so that it can securely collect, store and manage student academic records of providers that cease operation.
This will allow current and former students of closed higher education providers to obtain their academic records from TEQSA in an efficient manner.
TEQSA Chief Commissioner and Acting CEO Professor Nick Saunders welcomed the new initiative, noting that it would not increase the regulatory burden on providers and will not be subject to cost-recovery.
“This investment will ensure that students can access their academic records in the event their provider ceases operations, supporting them to access future study and employment opportunities,” Professor Saunders said.
“TEQSA will consult with the higher education sector and stakeholders as we prepare to implement this new initiative.”
Providers are already required by the Higher Education Standards to ensure all certification documentation issued is replaceable through an authorised and verifiable process and that students have access to an authorised record of results for one or more units that do not lead to the awarding of a qualification.
An amendment to the TEQSA Act will require that a copy of these records be transferred to TEQSA in the event of a provider closure, similar to what already happens in the vocational education and training sector.
- Job-ready Graduates Package
- Fact Sheet – Improving Transparency and Accountability: Student Records Management
Bryan Allchin, Assistant Director, Communications: comms [at] teqsa.gov.au, 0437 143 012