The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP)

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The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body, established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, (TEQSA Act), with responsibility related to the standards for delivery of higher education in Australia.

Panel membership

The current members of the Higher Education Standards Panel are:

Professor Peter Shergold AC (chair)
Professor Alan Robson AO (member)
Professor Greg Craven (member)
Ms Karen Thomas (member)
The Hon Phil Honeywood (member)
Dr Krystal Evans (member)
Dr Don Owers (observer)
Professor Ian O’Connor (observer)

The Panel has been appointed for the period 1 February 2016 to 31 January 2018.

Over this period the Panel will undertake work and provide advice on a wide range of quality-related issues. It will help to ensure a smooth transition to a revised Higher Education Standards Framework, which will take effect in January 2017. It will also oversee a review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education system.

Improving transparency of higher education admissions

On 1 February 2016,  Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, asked the Higher Education Standards Panel to provide him with options to improve the transparency of higher education student admissions policies, without significantly increasing regulation. 

In response to the Minister’s request, the Panel released a consultation paper on 6 April 2016. 

The Panel received 82 written submissions in response to the consultation paper. 

Final report

The Panel made 14 recommendations in its report, which was published on 16 November 2016. Key recommendations include that providers use common and consistent language to describe ATAR thresholds and other admission requirements; and publish information on admissions processes in agreed templates to ensure ease of comparison for prospective students and their parents.

Australian Government response to the Panel’s report

The Government has accepted the Panel’s recommendations and announced its response to the report. The Government will work with key stakeholders in Australia’s higher education sector to develop a joint plan to implement the Panel’s recommendations. As many of the recommendations as possible will be delivered for the start of the 2018 academic year.

As a follow-up to the work on admissions transparency, the Minister has asked the Panel to investigate trends in student completion and attrition and how institutions can be encouraged to support enrolled students through to course completion wherever possible.

News

The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP).

Release of the Government’s response to the Higher Education Standards Panel’s Report on Improving Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes

News | 15 December 2016

Release of the Higher Education Standards Panel report on Improving the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes

News | 15 November 2016

Higher Education Standards Panel - Consultation on the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes

News | 30 August 2016

Public consultation on transparency in higher education admissions

News | 6 April 2016

Review of the Impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector

News | 9 March 2016

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s national regulatory body.  It was established in July 2011 and began its regulatory function from 29 January 2012. Section 203 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 requires that the Minister...