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Quality assurance

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TEQSA assures that quality standards are being met by all registered higher education providers.

In doing so, we communicate with Australia’s higher education sector about our processes for implementing a streamlined, tailored approach to assuring quality in the higher education sector.

We do this by assessing applications for re-registration/registration for all current and prospective providers and course accreditation/re-accreditation for providers without self-accrediting authority. In doing so, we consider providers’ track records and can apply a range of assessment methods to  determine whether providers will continue to meet the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework).

Our approach is underpinned by three principles for regulation:

  1. regulatory necessity
  2. reflecting risk
  3. proportionate regulation.

These principles require us to differentiate between providers with extensive positive track records and low risk of future non-compliance, and those with limited track records and a substantial risk of future non-compliance with the HES Framework.  

For more information on our approach to quality assurance, view A risk and standards based approach to quality assurance in Australia’s diverse higher education sector, which explains how our risk-based approach to assuring higher education standards is applied in broad terms to the diverse sector.