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ISN Psychology Pty Ltd: Initial Registration 1 February 2017

Initial registration

Report on initial registration of ISN Psychology Pty Ltd

 

TEQSA has determined, under section 21(1) of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (the TEQSA Act), that registration of ISN Psychology Pty Ltd as a higher education provider be granted for a period of seven years to 1 February 2024 in the provider category of 'Higher Education Provider'.

TEQSA has accredited, under section 49 of the TEQSA Act, the following higher education courses of study offered by ISN Psychology Pty Ltd for a period of seven years until 1 February 2024:

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science

TEQSA has, under subsection 53(1) of the TEQSA Act, imposed a condition on the accreditation of the following three courses of study:

  • Master of Psychology (Clinical)
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Condition 1: ISN Psychology Pty Ltd must not enrol any students in the Master of Psychology (Clinical), Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) until it has obtained from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council the accreditation status of 'Conditional Accreditation' for these accredited courses of study.

The course accreditation covers delivery at all Australian sites.

Main Reasons for Decision

As part of the initial registration process, TEQSA has assessed the registration and course accreditation for the Master of Psychology (Clinical), Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) and Bachelor of Psychological Science submitted by ISN Psychology Pty Ltd against the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 for Provider Registration and Course Accreditation.

TEQSA considers that the decision to apply a condition to the application for course accreditation by ISN Psychology Pty Ltd is consistent with the basic principles for regulation in Part 2 of the TEQSA Act, as ISN Psychology Pty Ltd is at risk of not complying with Provider Registration Standard 6.3 and Provider Course Accreditation Standard 2.4 of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011, which requires the disclosure to prospective and current students of accurate and current information about the accredited courses of study.

The purpose of the courses is to provide students with a grounding in the study of psychology, with a pathway, through the Master of Psychology (Clinical), to registration as a psychologist. However, if the course does not obtain accreditation from the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council prior to the enrolment of students, there is a substantial risk that students would enrol in the course without being aware that their purpose of enrolment is not capable of being achieved. Accordingly, to address the risk that the courses may not meet the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011, TEQSA considers it necessary to impose this condition on the accreditation of the three courses of study.