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TEQSA welcomes Professor Peter Coaldrake's appointment as TEQSA Chief Commissioner

19 November 2020

TEQSA has welcomed the appointment of Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO as TEQSA’s next Chief Commissioner.

Professor Coaldrake’s appointment was announced earlier today by Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP.

Professor Coaldrake has a distinguished record in higher education, having served as Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) from 2003 to 2017. 

A dual Fulbright scholar, he is also a former chair of both Universities Australia and the governing board of the OECD’s then higher education group IMHE.  

In October 2018 Professor Coaldrake was appointed by the Education Minister to conduct a review into the Higher Education Provider Category Standards.

In June this year, he was appointed to the TEQSA Commission, where his extensive leadership experience and comprehensive understanding of Australia’s higher education sector, quality assurance and regulatory standards has greatly supported TEQSA’s work.

TEQSA CEO Alistair Maclean congratulated Professor Coaldrake on his appointment.

“I welcome the appointment of Professor Coaldrake as TEQSA’s next Chief Commissioner, and look forward to working with him to ensure TEQSA continues to be an effective regulator that upholds the quality of higher education and protects student interests,” Mr Maclean said.

“On behalf of TEQSA, I would like to acknowledge and thank our retiring Chief Commissioner Professor Nick Saunders AO for his leadership and many contributions to TEQSA, Australian and international higher education during his time as TEQSA Chief Commissioner.”

Professor Coaldrake will commence as TEQSA’s Chief Commissioner on 1 March 2021.

Media enquiries 

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