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Elite Education Institute Pty. Ltd.: Registration not renewed 5 February 2020 effective 31 March 2020

Renewal of registration

Report on renewal of registrations of Elite Education Pty Ltd

On 5 February 2020, TEQSA:

  • rejected, under subsection 36(1) of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act), the application for renewal of registration by Elite Education Institute Pty Ltd ('Elite') with effect from 31 March 2020;
  • imposed, under section 32 of the TEQSA Act, the following conditions on the registration of Elite with immediate effect.
    • Condition 1: Elite must not allow any person to be newly enrolled or commenced in any of its currently accredited higher education courses or individual units, with effect from the date on which Elite is notified of this decision;
    • Condition 2: Elite must not commence delivery of an accredited higher education course at any site at which those courses are delivered, from the date on which it is notified of this decision;
    • Condition 3: Elite must provide each student enrolled in its higher education courses with a written notice containing the following information no later than 14 days after Elite is notified of this decision;
      1. that TEQSA has decided not to renew Elite's registration as a higher education provider with effect from 31 March 2020, and that this decision means that Elite will no longer be able to offer higher education courses; and
      2. the options available to students currently enrolled in Elite's higher education courses, including the possibility of exiting Elite with a higher education award, receiving a refund of fees or transferring to a course of study at another (specified) higher education provider.
    • Condition 4: No later than 21 days after Elite is notified of this decision Elite must provide TEQSA with evidence of how it has complied with Condition 3, as well as the steps Elite proposes to take in relation to each of Elite's existing higher education students to:
      1. provide each student with a statement of results (transcript) for all units completed;
      2. confer a higher education award on eligible students; and
      3. for all other current students for whom an award cannot be conferred for the course within which they are enrolled;
        1. transition the student to a course of study at another higher education provider; or
        2. provide the student with a refund of unspent tuition fees

Main reasons for the decision

TEQSA made this decision on the basis that it was not satisfied that Elite meets the following provisions of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015:

  1. Standards 3.1.2 and 3.1.3 in relation to student participation and engagement.
  2. Standards 1.4.3 and 5.2.2 in relation to the quality of assessment.

In particular, TEQSA has found that Elite:

  • has significant and widespread issues with the academic integrity of its students' work; and
  • has not been ensuring its students appropriately engage in advanced knowledge and inquiry;
  • has not ensured that the teaching and learning activities of its courses foster the achievement of the expected learning outcomes; and
  • has offered, and provided, courses of study to overseas students when it was not registered to provide those courses to overseas students.

The issues above are evidence of a number of failings in the governance of Elite as a higher education provider.

Right of review

Elite Education has applied to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for review of TEQSA's decisions. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal has stayed those decisions, pending the determination of the matter, subject to seven conditions. The conditions deal with arrangements to facilitate the transfer of students, assessment design for Elite's courses, student engagement in Elite's courses, independent external review of submitted assessments, and arrangements for academic integrity.

Further information

Information on TEQSA's regulatory approach and public reporting is available at www.teqsa.gov.au.