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Position Description: Senior Assessment Manager (multiple roles)

Position Title: Senior Assessment Manager (multiple roles)
Group/Team: Assessment and Investigations Group or Assurance Group
Employment Type: Ongoing/Non-ongoing, Full-time
Salary Range: $82,607 to $90,840 pa plus 15.4% superannuation
Classification: APS Level 6
Location: 530 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria
Reporting to: Assistant Director, Assessment and Investigations Group or Assurance Group
Agency Employment Act: PS Act 1999

Applications close at 11:59pm on 14 April 2019

Applications must include the following cover sheet: TEQSA job application cover sheet [DOCX 1MB]


The Assessment and Investigations Group and the Assurance Group are the two Provider Assessment groups within TEQSA, responsible for delivering TEQSA’s core business of undertaking regulatory assessments under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act). This includes the assessment of applications for (re)registration and (re)accreditation against the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (“the Threshold Standards”). The groups have responsibility for the active case management of registered higher education providers covering all aspects of regulation and quality assurance, and the relationship management of providers.

The position

A Senior Assessment Manager is responsible for undertaking a range of assessments of applications from providers. The position involves direct participation in regulatory processes, including negotiating of scope, and undertaking analysis of, and making expert judgments on, evidence and material submitted to TEQSA by providers or gathered from other sources. The Senior Assessment Manager will have responsibility for managing the relationship with a number of providers.

A Senior Assessment Manager will analyse the evidence received from providers against standards and other legislative requirements using established Agency assessment and decision making practices. The Senior Assessment Manager will be required to apply expert judgment based on evidence and analysis of material submitted, in consultation with Assistant Director/s, Director/s and the Commissioner/s as appropriate.

This position may involve interstate travel.

Position duties

  • operate under limited direction as a Senior Assessment Manager for regulatory work to deliver the assessment of applications under relevant legislation for (re)registration, course (re)accreditation and assurance activities, and the formulation of advice on other matters related to regulation of providers and for the conduct of quality assessment
  • undertake risk based assessments of applications, reviewing and analysing evidence submitted by providers and derived from other sources, interpreting legislation, and applying sound judgment to prepare well-argued recommendations for consideration by decision-makers
  • maintain and apply comprehensive work knowledge, including knowledge of precedents, relevant legislation, standards, quality assurance procedures, reporting requirements, best practice regulatory models, policy, procedures and guidelines to assessments involving complexity and sensitivity and requiring considerable interpretation and analysis
  • prepare advice and recommendations to decision-makers, including briefing material and analytical reports, and present findings to decision-makers
  • provide inputs to TEQSA case manager handbooks and internal guidance notes for regulatory decision makers
  • closely monitor providers and contribute to the quantitative and qualitative risk assessment of providers
  • other duties as required.

Selection criteria

Please note that your responses to the selection criteria should be brief and not exceed 200 words per criteria.

  1. ability to conduct complex, analytical assessments, particularly regulatory assessments, in accordance with legislation, policy and standards
  2. high level project management skills and experience, including the capacity to deliver complex assessments on schedule with a high degree of quality and accuracy
  3. high level written and oral communication skills, including the ability to prepare high quality concise reports and briefs for presentation to decision makers
  4. demonstrated capacity to build and manage relationships through effectively communicating with internal and external stakeholders, by providing support, and anticipating and responding to their needs
  5. the demonstrated ability to work with independence to interpret legislation and policy frameworks relevant to regulatory assessments, to analyse evidence and to develop effective and appropriate strategies solutions and actions
  6. the ability to develop a detailed understanding of the higher education sector, to adapt quickly and effectively to new requirements and situations, remain abreast of new sector trends and developments, and have the ability to learn from past experience and apply learnings to ensure continuous improvement in work practices.


A relevant tertiary qualification(s) and experience in the Australian Higher Education Sector is preferred.


The successful applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen, or, subject to approval of the Agency Head, hold the necessary visa and work permits appropriate to the employment
  • satisfactorily complete a National Police Check.

Failure to satisfy any of these conditions may result in the withdrawal of an offer of employment or termination of employment.

TEQSA supports workplace diversity and values the contribution of people from diverse backgrounds. In particular, applications are encouraged from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, and people with cultural and linguistic diversity.


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. TEQSA was established on 29 January 2012 under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.

TEQSA’s role is to ensure that quality standards are being met by all higher education providers so that the interests of students and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector are promoted and protected. TESQA takes a risk-based approach to planning and implementing its assessments of provider compliance with these standards.

All providers of higher education – universities and non-universities alike – that offer higher education qualifications in or from Australia, must be registered by TEQSA. Providers that do not have self-accrediting authority, which is virtually all of the non-university providers at present, must also, have their courses of study accredited by TEQSA.

TEQSA’s purpose

To protect student interests and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector through a proportionate, risk-reflective approach to quality assurance that supports diversity, innovation and excellence.

Further information about TEQSA can be found at our What we do page.

How to apply

Applicants need to refer to our Careers page.

You should include the following in your application:

  • TEQSA job application cover sheet
  • your responses to the selection criteria (maximum of 200 words per criterion)
  • a current resume.  

Completed applications are to be submitted to recruitment [at] teqsa.gov.au

For assistance addressing the selection criteria, you may wish to refer to Cracking the Code: How to Apply for Jobs in the Australian Public Service