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TEQSA begins consultations to streamline reporting requirements

29 July 2019

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is beginning consultations with higher education providers about minimising and streamlining reporting requirements, and improving the transparency and efficiency of the data it collects. 

The consultations are in preparation for the 2020 implementation of the Department of Education’s data redevelopment project, ‘Transforming the Collection of Student Information’ (TCSI). The project will align TEQSA and Department data collections, to create a single, unified reporting system for universities, higher education and vocational institutions. 

Consultations are being held with providers who currently report through TEQSA’s Provider Information Request (PIR) mechanism, whose data will be integrated with providers reporting through the TCSI project.

“TEQSA is consulting with the higher education providers whose reporting will be affected by the redevelopment project, to find out how reporting can be clearer and simpler, with quality prioritised over quantity,” TEQSA Chief Executive Officer Anthony McClaran said.

“For higher education providers, a single consistent national data collection will minimise compliance burdens and reduce costs. For TEQSA, consistent data will improve our analyses, and better inform our risk-reflective, proportionate approach to regulation.”

The consultation paper is available on the TEQSA website and registered higher education providers who report via TEQSA’s PIR are invited to submit responses and ideas via consultation [at] teqsa.gov.au by 5pm, 20 September 2019.  

Following the consultations, TEQSA will support providers’ transition to the new reporting systems, and work with the Australian Signals Directorate and other agencies to ensure data security, integrity and privacy.

Media enquiries

TEQSA media: comms [at] teqsa.gov.au, tel 0437 143 012