TEQSA rated highly in national sector-wide survey

January 20, 2017

More than 80 per cent of stakeholders have rated the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency highly in a sector-wide survey, saying it is doing an excellent or good job.

The results of a survey sent to 194 higher education providers and 24 peak, professional and student bodies have been incorporated in the TEQSA Regulator Performance Framework Report 2015-2016 (RPF Report)

With a 63 per cent response rate to the survey,  TEQSA Chief Executive Officer Mr Anthony McClaran stated that TEQSA greatly appreciated the commitment by respondents, as well as their willingness to provide open and frank feedback.

“It is great to see that the majority of stakeholders recognise that TEQSA continues to consult with the sector to improve its regulatory framework,” Mr McClaran said. 

He noted that 81 per cent of Vice-Chancellors and Chief Executive Officers from higher education providers also rated TEQSA highly for its open, transparent and consistent dealings.

Mr McClaran said the survey feedback identified a range of learnings for TEQSA to reflect on, and would help TEQSA better understand its impact on higher education providers, increase accountability and improve performance. 

The report, validated by the Higher Education Standards Panel, covers progress made in the 2015–16 financial year to meet performance measures in the framework. 

It is the first report of its kind to come from TEQSA under the Commonwealth Government’s Regulator Performance Framework (RPF), released in October 2014 as a requirement for all Commonwealth regulators regulators that administer, monitor or enforce regulation. 

As Australia’s independent national regulator of the higher education sector, TEQSA oversees public and private providers including 40 universities. 

The TEQSA Regulator Performance Framework Report 2015-2016 and the TEQSA Stakeholder Survey Report 2016 are available on the TEQSA website.