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TEQSA welcomes Bill amending TEQSA Act

5 December 2019

TEQSA welcomes the introduction of a Bill to amend the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, which would make it an offence to provide or advertise academic ‘contract cheating’ services in higher education.

“TEQSA is supportive of the Bill, introduced to the House of Representatives this week, which would help to stamp out the scourge of contract cheating, and give higher education providers as well as students, clear and consistent guidance on what constitutes academic misconduct,” said TEQSA Chief Executive Anthony McClaran.  

“While cheating is not a new phenomenon, technological developments have enabled new methods which require swift and robust responses, and vigilance in protecting the integrity of Australia’s higher education system, and its world-class reputation. 

“The Bill would give TEQSA additional powers and tools to combat contract cheating services, and further support the sector to do so. TEQSA is currently supporting providers to promote and protect cultures of academic integrity, create institutional responses to breaches, and we have published a good practice note for the sector.”

The draft legislation is aimed at those who provide cheating services, and not at students. Students who cheat will continue to be subject to institutions' own academic integrity policies, processes and academic sanctions. These institutional policies are not affected by the new legislation. 

Media enquiries 

Michelle Alexander, Assistant Director, Communications: comms [at] teqsa.gov.au, 0437 143 012