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The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) established TEQSA as an agency. 

The objects of the TEQSA Act are to:

  • provide for national consistency in the regulation of higher education
  • regulate higher education using a standards-based quality framework and principles relating to regulatory necessity, risk and proportionality
  • protect and enhance Australia’s reputation for, and international competiveness in higher education, as well as the excellence, diversity and innovation in Australian higher education
  • protect and enhance academic integrity by prohibiting academic cheating services
  • encourage and promote a higher education system that is appropriate to meet Australia’s social and economic needs for a highly educated and skilled population
  • protect students undertaking, or proposing to undertake higher education by requiring the provision of quality higher education
  • ensure that students have access to information relating to higher education in Australia.

The following legislative instruments have been made under the TEQSA Act: