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Risk Assessment Framework

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TEQSA’s Risk Assessment Framework helps us assure the quality of Australia’s higher education sector. The Risk Assessment Framework outlines key steps and components of the annual risk assessments we complete of higher education providers and aims to:

  • Strengthen the protection of student interests and the sector’s reputation by monitoring key aspects of providers’ operations during registration periods.
  • Reduce regulatory burden by using risk assessments to inform a differentiated approach to evidence and reporting requirements in assessment processes, such as renewal of registration.
  • Support case managers and providers to engage in early discussion about emerging issues prior to any scheduled assessment process.
  • Support quality improvement activities through the sharing of information with providers about potential risks and good practices in the sector.

Key steps in risk assessment process

There are three key steps in TEQSA's risk assessment process (outlined below). These key steps include the preparation of risk assessments of providers' operations using existing information, the sharing of risk assessments with each provider and next steps, determined by the findings of the risk assessment. For more information on these key steps, view the Risk assessment process section of the Risk Assessment Framework.

Flow chart of the three main steps in TEQSA's risk assessment process.

View TEQSA’s Risk Assessment Framework

TEQSA’s Risk Assessment Framework (Version 2.2, April 2018)

More information

For more information on our approach to preparing risk assessments see our Application forms and support page, or view the following resources: