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TEQSA Guidance Note: Workforce Planning

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Note is related to the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 which are no longer in force.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 workforce planning. Both Registration Standards (5.1, 5.2) and Course Accreditation Standards (2.1, 4.1) require providers to have sufficient, appropriately qualified academic leaders and staff to achieve their higher education outcomes, in short: a staff profile appropriate to their scale and objectives.

Other Guidance Notes provide some complementary guidance on the staff profile itself, especially the Guidance Notes on:

  • Academic leadership
  • Staff qualifications and professional equivalency (forthcoming).

In order to achieve the desired staff profile, providers need to have in place:

  1. a planning process that will support building the profile appropriate to the provider’s mission and strategic directions; and
  2. an appropriate plan or other documentation resulting from that planning process
  3. implement staff recruitment and appointment strategies.