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Proposed Register Guidelines amendments – consultation paper

11 October 2022

Register Guidelines

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Register) Guidelines 2017 (Register Guidelines) is a legislative instrument that sets out the information that TEQSA must enter on the national register in respect of each registered higher education provider.

Currently the Register Guidelines require TEQSA to include information about regulatory decisions under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) (see section 9 of the Register Guidelines) and, for each registered provider, “trading name/s used for the provider’s higher education operations” (see section 4(b) of the Register Guidelines).

Proposed amendments to the Register Guidelines

TEQSA proposed amendments

TEQSA proposes to amend the Register Guidelines so that TEQSA makes entries on the national register to include:

  • Information regarding decisions it makes about higher education providers under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act) (including decisions to: renew a provider’s registration for a period less than 7 years; impose, vary, or remove conditions on the registration; refuse to renew a provider’s registration; or impose sanctions on the registered provider for non-compliance).
  • Information regarding the relevant legislative provision(s) which were the subject of findings that informed TEQSA’s decision(s) under either the TEQSA or ESOS Acts.
  • In respect of each registered higher education provider, only the current trading names the provider uses for its higher education operations.

Reason for proposed amendments

Requiring the national register to include information regarding the decisions TEQSA makes about higher education providers under the ESOS Act, and to include the relevant legislative provision(s) which were the subject of findings that informed TEQSA’s decision(s) under either the TEQSA or ESOS Acts will promote transparency and align with TEQSA’s approach to public reporting.

Requiring the national register to state only the current trading names for registered providers’ higher education operations will remove any doubt in relation to which trading names for these providers the Register must contain, in circumstances in which providers’ relevant trading names can change over time.

Consultation process

This paper is being made available on TEQSA’s website (www.teqsa.gov.au) and has been sent directly to peak bodies for providers regulated by TEQSA under the TEQSA Act. 
TEQSA requests that feedback on the proposed amendments to the Register and Information Guidelines, along with any other relevant feedback, be submitted via email to review [at] teqsa.gov.au.

Submissions close at 5:00pm on Friday 16 December 2022.

Interested parties can also email review [at] teqsa.gov.au with queries about this consultation, or to seek clarification regarding the proposed amendments.

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.