From time to time, TEQSA will seek feedback from the higher education sector. Information about TEQSA consultations will be available on this page.

TEQSA has developed an information sheet about the Agency's approach to conducting consultations:

Current consultations

Fit and proper person considerations

As a consequence of the passing of the Education Legislative Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Act 2017, TEQSA is able to specify matters that the agency may have regard to in deciding whether a person is a fit and proper person for the purposes of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.

TEQSA’s proposed matters for consideration are set out in this consultation paper. The consultation period will close on 1 December 2017. Please direct any feedback to

Guidance notes currently open for comment

The below guidance note relating to the new HES Framework is open for a three-month consultation period until 28 October 2017. Please direct any feedback to

Past consultations

Sector consultation on proposed changes to the publication of TEQSA’s decisions

TEQSA is currently seeking feedback, via a consultation paper, on the proposed changes to the publication of TEQSA’s decisions.

The consultation focuses on proposed changes to the frequency and way TEQSA published decisions.

Questions about whether TEQSA should publish more information, including rejections, involve an important balance between the interests of higher education providers, students and other stakeholders.

The developments in TEQSA’s practices and in the approaches of other agencies mean that it is now timely to revisit these issues. 

TEQSA proposes that a simplified set of principles be adopted, informed by approaches of other Australian Government agencies, to guide our future approach.

As part of the consultation process, TEQSA will carefully consider all feedback before we make any changes to our approach. We are committed to ensuring that all stakeholders have an opportunity to provide us with their views.

Responses to the consultation questions in the paper, along with any queries, should be submitted via email to

Submissions close at 5pm AEDT on 14 March 2017.

Consultation on TEQSA's External Reporting Program

As the national quality assurance agency of Australia’s higher education sector TEQSA holds a range of information from its data collection, risk analysis and assessment functions which may inform the public about the operations of the higher education sector.  This consultation sought feedback on the suitability of a range of areas of information for publication that would be of greatest value to students, providers and the general public. Submissions closed 5.00pm Wednesday 31 August 2016. A summary of the feeback and consultation paper is below.

For further information, please contact

Consultation on TEQSA proposal to make a legislative instrument under the ESOS Act

TEQSA consulted on a proposal to make a legislative instrument under subsection 10D(3) of the recently amended ESOS Act.

TEQSA made the legislative instrument after considering the feedback received during the consultation.

A summary of the feedback received is available in the Explanatory Statement.

The purpose of the instrument is to set out the period of time within which applications under Section 10D of the Act must be made. 

For further information, please contact

Publication of key financial metrics data

TEQSA sought feedback from stakeholders on its public reporting of key financial metrics of registered higher education providers. This proposed release aims to enhance and improve the level of publicly available financial information on the higher education sector, with a view to better informing decision making by sector stakeholders. The impetus for more reporting by TEQSA came during a series of roundtable discussions with providers during August/September 2015, where there was broad sector support for TEQSA releasing selected sector data held by the AgencyThe consultation closed on Friday 15 January 2016.

A summary report of the outcomes of the consultation process is available below: 

The consultation paper is provided below for reference only:

TEQSA guidance notes

As part of TEQSA’s regulatory reforms including the progressive streamlining of application processes, TEQSA has identified the need to provide information on topics of particular importance under the Threshold Standards. These are referred to as 'guidance notes' and are an important part of TEQSA’s regulatory framework, providing guidance to the higher education sector about the interpretation and application of the Threshold Standards based on TEQSA’s experience to date. Previously released guidance notes can be found on the provider resources page of this website.

Guidance notes will be published here as they are developed and are subject to a three month period for comment from the sector. Please direct any feedback to All guidance notes are subject to annual review and any feedback received after the initial three month consultation period will be taken into account in this review process.

TEQSA's 'core+' model for course accreditation

In 2015, TEQSA sought feedback on its proposed approach to further reducing evidence requirements for course accreditation and re-accreditation, by restricting core requirements to a sub-set of particular Standards and by assessing risk using indicators more closely related to an individual course as well as an organisation.

A summary report of the outcomes of the consultation process is available below:

The consultation paper is provded below for reference only: 

Information on the National Register

The National Register Guidelines outline the provider and course information that TEQSA must include on the register, including providers whose registration has been cancelled by TEQSA. TEQSA may also include other information.

TEQSA is proposing making an amendment to the National Register to include the length of time a provider is registered by TEQSA.

For providers TEQSA has made a registration decision on, the number of years registered will be displayed on the provider details. For courses TEQSA has made a decision on, the number of years accredited will be displayed on the course details.

The consultation period on the proposed changes closed on Friday 12 December 2014. TEQSA will publish a response shortly.

Consultation - 'Future directions for TEQSA's regulatory processes and Regulatory Risk Framework'

In October 2013 TEQSA consulted the higher education sector seeking feedback on the future directions of its regulatory processes and Regulatory Risk Framework. 

After considering all submissions, the Agency has released two summary documents, available for download below:

The submissions received are available on the Reform consultation submissions page.

Consultation - 'Public reporting of regulatory decisions'

TEQSA sought feedback to inform the Agency's decisions on the form, scope, timing, and processes to be used when publishing its regulatory decisions on the National Register of Higher Education providers. 

A summary report of the outcomes of the consultation process is now available.

The consultation paper is provided below for reference only. 

Consultation - 'Information Guidelines'

A summary of the consultation outcomes for the draft information guidelines is now available.

The consultation paper is provided below for reference only. 

Consultation - '2012 Provider Information Request (PIR)'

TEQSA scoped its 2012 request after careful consideration of feedback received from the sector during its consultation on its annual data collection program. A summary of this feedback and TEQSA’s response is set out in the Summary Report of the Consultation Process.

Other consultations

TEQSA has also previously consulted with the higher education sector for comment on: