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TEQSA Guidance Note: Course Approval, Design and Delivery

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Note is related to the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 which are no longer in force. 


The Provider Course Accreditation Standards (CAS) apply to all higher education providers.

Providers with self-accrediting authority accredit their own courses and in doing so, their corporate and academic governing bodies ensure that the courses meet the Standards before they are offered, and without reference to TEQSA. The corporate and academic governing bodies of other providers are responsible for ensuring that course proposals meet the Standards before they are sent to TEQSA for accreditation.

TEQSA will validate the effectiveness of each provider’s overall course approval processes and decisions at the time of registration or renewal of registration. The extent to which a provider can achieve and maintain academic quality will in large measure depend on the robustness of its course approval processes.

This Note provides guidance on how providers might demonstrate that they meet selected Standards relating to course approval, as well as those relating to course design and delivery, with a particular emphasis on issues that in TEQSA’s experience recur relatively often in applications for course accreditation from providers without self-accrediting authority.