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TEQSA set to boost investigation capabilities

20 March 2018

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has announced the creation of a new team, set to be responsible for investigating possible breaches of the Higher Education Standards Framework (HES Framework) and other higher education legislation.

In addition to investigating possible breaches of the HES Framework, the Compliance and Investigations Team will monitor higher education providers’ observance of regulatory action imposed by the agency and manage TEQSA’s complaints function.

TEQSA CEO Anthony McClaran said the new team will also reduce the burden on case managers, improving timeframes of the agency’s cyclical assessments and regulatory decisions.

"This team will form a vital part of TEQSA’s operations and ensure that threats to standards and quality are checked before there is harm to students or the reputation of Australian higher education", said Mr McClaran.

“Much of our work involves the regular assessment of applications for provider registration or course accreditation. But when there is an immediate threat of a breach of the HES Framework we need to be able to respond quickly. This team will help us do that.”

The agency is still seeking applications for two of the of the team’s positions – the Assistant Director, Compliance and Investigations and Senior Compliance and Investigations Manager – with applications closing 25 March.

The Compliance and Investigations Team has been made possible thanks to additional funding given to TEQSA in the Government’s 2017-18 Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook.

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Media enquiries

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