TEQSA partners with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander student group
The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students (UATSIS) at a ceremony held during NAIDOC week.
UATSIS is the peak representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate students, with its National President Ethan Taylor already a member of TEQSA’s Student Expert Advisory Group.
TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaran said that the partnership was a welcome addition to the agency’s student engagement program, which continues to move towards ensuring the student voice is represented in the agency’s regulatory work.
“The Higher Education Standards Framework includes specific requirements regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and this partnership will be one way of collecting on the ground feedback regarding how these measures are being implemented”, said Mr McClaran.
UATSIS National President Ethan Taylor said that the partnership was a positive step towards addressing a number of issues facing Indigenous and Torres Strait Islander students, but more needed to be done to close the gap.
“I’m looking forward to working with TEQSA to encourage action and change that improves the learning experience and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students”, said Mr Taylor.
TEQSA’s Student Expert Advisory Group will meet for the second time this week, with discussions set to cover issues facing specific student groups, including Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and international students, and how the agency’s regulatory work can include their views and concerns.
The Commonwealth Government has a continuing commitment to the goals of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Policy, which aims to see Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are enrolling, progressing and completing higher education studies at the same rate or better than other Australians.
- The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet runs a number of programs, which aim to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education enrolments. More information is available from the Department’s Indigenous affairs higher education web page.
- Find out more about TEQSA’s Student Expert Advisory Group.
Raphael May, Assistant Director, Communications: raphael.may [at] teqsa.gov.au, 0437 143 012 or (03) 8306 2536.