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TEQSA Guidance Note: Academic Governance

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011
22 October 2013

NOTE: This Guidance Note is related to the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 which are no longer in force. 


Academic governance is concerned with the integrity and quality of the core higher education activities of teaching, research and scholarship (AUQA, Good Practice for NSAIs).

An effective and robust system of academic governance is an essential component of every higher education provider’s overarching governance structure. It provides the framework for establishing and sustaining quality and integrity in higher education provision and ensuring quality learning outcomes for students.

This Guidance Note provides TEQSA’s interpretation of academic governance in the Threshold Standards in their entirety, with particular regard to specific standards and accepted (and demonstrated) practice within the Australian higher education sector. It should be read in conjunction with other Guidance Notes, in particular those relating to corporate governance; academic leadership; scholarship; and academic quality assurance.

Specific provider registration standards particularly relevant to academic governance are: Standards 3.1; 3.3; 3.7; and 3.8.