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Information Guidelines

TEQSA Consultation Paper
27 February 2020

Responding to this paper

TEQSA requests that responses to the consultation question posed in this paper, along with any other relevant feedback, be submitted via email to consultation [at] teqsa.gov.au.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on 27 March 2020.

Interested parties can also email consultation [at] teqsa.gov.au with queries about this paper, or to seek clarification of the consultation questions.

Please note that TEQSA intends to publish a summary of submissions received. If you do not wish for your submission (or part of your submission) to be published, please indicate this in your response. TEQSA may alter the format or content of submissions before they are published, or decline to publish particular submissions, having regard to the requirements for Australian Government websites.

Background

The Information Guidelines is a legislative instrument that sets out the Commonwealth authorities and the State or Territory authorities which the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) may disclose higher education information to under sections 189 and 194 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act).

Relevant provisions

Section 204 of the TEQSA Act allows TEQSA to make, by legislative instrument, Information Guidelines.

Under section 189, TEQSA can disclose higher education information to the authorities listed in the Information Guidelines if: 

  1. the information relates to an offence or possible offence, against the TEQSA Act, the TEQSA Act’s associated provisions or the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000
  2. the information that relates to a contravention, or possible contravention, of:
    1. the TEQSA Act; or
    2. the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000; or
    3. the Higher Education Support Act 2003; or
    4. legislative instruments made under any of those Acts.

TEQSA can disclose higher education information to the authorities listed in the Information Guidelines under section 194 if TEQSA is satisfied that the disclosure is necessary to enable or assist the authority to perform or exercise any of the authority’s functions or powers.

Consultation 

We are now seeking your comments on the authorities listed in the Information Guidelines.

Proposed authorities

TEQSA is proposing to include the following authorities in the legislative instrument. Table 1 contains the names of the Profession-specific Commonwealth, State or Territory authorities.  Table 2 contains the names of Commonwealth, State or Territory authorities with a broader public interest remit.

Aside from updates to the names of some authorities the only proposed change to this version of the Information Guidelines is the inclusion of the Office of the Training Advocate (SA) in Table 1. 

Table 1

Profession-specific Commonwealth, State or Territory authorities

Item

Name of authority

1

Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Health Practice Board of Australia

2

Architects Board (ACT)

3

Architects Board (NT)

4

Architects Registration Board (NSW)

5

Architects Board of Western Australia

6

Architects Registration Board of Victoria

7

Architectural Practice Board of South Australia

8

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency

9

Board of Architects of Queensland

10

Board of Architects of Tasmania

11

Board of Legal Education (TAS)

12

Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland

13

Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (NSW)

14

Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of New South Wales

15

Building Professionals Board (NSW)

16

Chinese Medicine Board Of Australia

17

Chiropractic Board of Australia

18

Dental Board of Australia

19

Land Surveyors Licensing Board of Western Australia

20

Legal Practice Board of Western Australia

21

Legal Practitioners Admission Board (ACT)

22

Legal Practitioners Admission Board (NT)

23

Legal Practitioners Admissions Board (QLD)

24

Legal Practitioners Education and Admission Council (SA)

25

Legal Profession Admission Board (NSW)

26

Legal Qualifications Committee (NSW)

27

Medical Board of Australia

28

Medical Radiation Practice Board of Australia

29

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

30

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia

31

Office of The Surveyor-General (ACT)

32

Optometry Board of Australia

33

Osteopathy Board of Australia

34

Pharmacy Board of Australia

35

Physiotherapy Board of Australia

36

Podiatry Board of Australia

37

Psychology Board of Australia

38

Queensland College of Teachers

39

Surveyor General of Tasmania

40

Surveyors Board (SA)

41

Surveyors Board of the Northern Territory

42

Surveyors Board of Queensland

43

Surveyors Registration Board of Victoria

44

Teacher Quality Institute (ACT)

45

Tax Practitioners Board

46

Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania

47

Teachers Registration Board of South Australia

48

Teacher Registration Board of the Northern Territory

49

Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia

50

Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board

51

Valuers Registration Board of Queensland

52

Veterinary Board of Tasmania

53

Veterinary Board of the Northern Territory

54

Veterinary Practitioners Board of NSW

55

Veterinary Practitioners Registration Board of Victoria

56

Veterinary Practitioners Board (ACT)

57

Veterinary Surgeons Board of Queensland

58

Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia

59

Veterinary Surgeons’ Board Western Australia

60

Victorian Institute of Teaching

61

Victorian Legal Admissions Board

Table 2

 

Commonwealth, State or Territory authorities with a broader public interest remit

Item

Name of authority

62

ACT Policing

63

Australian Bureau of Statistics

64

Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission

65

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority

66

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

67

Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission

68

Australian Federal Police

69

Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre 

70

Australian Financial Security Authority

71

Australian Prudential Regulation Authority

72

Australian Research Council

73

Australian Securities and Investment Commission

74

Australian Skills Quality Authority

75

Australian Taxation Office

76

Australian Trade and Investment Commission

77

Commission for Children and Young People (VIC)

78

Commonwealth Ombudsman

79

Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions(VIC)

80

Department of Education (NSW)

81

Department of Education (NT)

82

Department of Education (TAS)

83

Department of Education (CTH)

84

Department of Education and Training (QLD)

85

Department of Education and Training (VIC)

86

Department of Education (WA)

87

Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business (CTH)

88

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (CTH)

89

Department of Health and Human Services (VIC)

90

Department of Home Affairs (CTH)

91

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (CTH)

92

Department of Communities (Communities) (WA)

93

Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW)

94

Department of Innovation and Skills (SA)

95

Education Standards Board of South Australia

96

Education Directorate (ACT)

97

Fair Work Ombudsman

98

Higher Education Standards Panel

99

NSW Police Force

100

Northern Territory Police

101

Office of the Training Advocate (SA)

102

Ombudsman (ACT)

103

Ombudsman (NSW)

104

Ombudsman (NT)

105

Ombudsman (QLD)

106

Ombudsman South Australia

107

Ombudsman Western Australia

108

Ombudsman Tasmania

109

Queensland Police

110

South Australia Police

111

Tasmania Police

112

Trade & Investment Queensland

113

Victoria Police

114

Victorian Ombudsman

115

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority

116

Western Australia Police

Questions for consultation

Consultation questions

  • Question 1: Do you agree that the agencies specified in the draft are appropriate?
  • Question 2: Are there any additional authorities you think should be included in the Information Guidelines? 

Consultation process

This paper is being made available on our website and has been sent directly to peak bodies for providers regulated by TEQSA under the TEQSA Act. 

Responses to the questions posed in this paper and other relevant feedback can be provided through the following email address consultation [at] teqsa.gov.au.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on 27 March 2020. 

Interested parties can also email consultation [at] teqsa.gov.au with queries about this paper or to seek clarification of the consultation questions.

Please note that TEQSA intends to publish a summary of submissions received. If you do not wish your submission to be published in full or in part, please indicate this in your response. TEQSA may alter the format or content of submissions before they are published, or decline to publish particular submissions, having regard to the requirements for Australian Government websites.