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TEQSA Guidance Note: Information Resources

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Note is related to the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 which are no longer in force. 


This Guidance Note explains how TEQSA addresses the requirements in the Threshold Standards that relate to information resources, including library and learning resources.

Access to appropriate physical and online academic resources is essential to support student learning outcomes, facilitate the development of graduate attributes, and support a culture of scholarship among students and academic staff. Access to information resources and library services should be facilitated by suitably qualified staff and through appropriate technologies and systems.

Both the Provider Registration Standards and the Provider Course Accreditation Standards require all higher education providers to ensure that information and learning resources for students and staff are appropriate for the size, scale and objectives of the provider.

Specifically, the relevant Threshold Standards are in Provider Registration Standards Section 7: Physical and electronic resources and infrastructure (7.1; 7.2; 7.3; 7.4); and Provider Course Accreditation Standards Section 2: Course resourcing and information is adequate (2.1; 2.2; 2.3).

Other Guidance Notes provide some complementary guidance on information resources including library and learning resources, especially the Guidance Notes on:

  • Academic Quality Assurance
  • Scholarship