TEQSA publishes annual decisions report

October 7, 2016

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is responsible for regulating Australia’s higher education providers to protect and enhance Australia’s reputation for high quality higher education.

TEQSA has published its annual decisions report, a summary of regulatory decisions from 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2016. The report is available: http://www.teqsa.gov.au/national-register

What are TEQSA decisions?

Each week, TEQSA makes regulatory decisions. These may be on the registration of new providers or the re-registration of existing providers. For the providers that do not have the power to accredit their own courses, TEQSA also makes decisions whether to accredit or re-accredit their courses. There are many legal, compliance and quality assurance measures which a higher education provider must demonstrate in order for TEQSA to allow a provider entry to Australia’s higher education sector.

In 2015-2016, TEQSA:

  • Registered six new higher education providers
  • Renewed the registration of 27 existing higher education providers
  • Accredited 135 new courses of study
  • Renewed the accreditation of 90 existing courses of study
  • Authorised four providers to self-accredit their own courses of study

In order to make these decisions, TEQSA must be satisfied that a provider complies with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) and the Higher Education Standards Framework, the standards framework underpinning the TEQSA Act.

TEQSA’s regulatory approach is standards and risk-based. It is guided by three regulatory principles: regulatory necessity, reflecting risk and proportionate regulation, when exercising its powers. TEQSA’s regulatory decisions are taken by its Commission, or by senior members of TEQSA staff under delegation from the Commission.

More information about TEQSA’s approach is available at http://www.teqsa.gov.au/regulatory-approach.

How often will TEQSA publish this report?

TEQSA expects to publish its next decisions report later in October 2016, with a list of decisions in the period from July 2016 to September 2016. From November 2016 TEQSA will publish decision reports on a monthly basis.

Where do I find more information about TEQSA’s decisions?

Detailed public reports on individual decisions are available on the National Register of higher education providers.