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TEQSA Guidance Note: Third Party Arrangements

Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011
19 May 2014

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Note is related to the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 which are no longer in force. 


Many registered providers deliver higher education (HE) courses through other entities, i.e. third parties. These courses may be delivered either on shore or off shore. They may be delivered face-to-face, online, or partly face-to-face and partly online (blended). The requirements of the Threshold Standards (Standards) apply regardless of mode or location of delivery.

TEQSA’s interest in third party arrangements (TPAs) lies with arrangements for third parties to undertake or provide services such as: student admissions; course delivery (teaching, learning and assessment); course design and development; library and information services and student support services.