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

Wednesday 9 March 2016

News

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 must, before 1 January 2016, cause a review to be started of the impact on the higher education sector of the TEQSA Act. On 12 December 2015 the Minister determined the terms of reference and indicated his agreement to the Higher Education Standards Panel overseeing the review.

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

Terms of Reference

The review will assess the impact on the higher education sector of the TEQSA Act by examining:

  1. what has changed for the sector in moving to a single national regulatory framework from multiple state- and territory-specific arrangements

  2. the extent to which the TEQSA Act has contributed to improved quality in the delivery of higher education

  3. the extent to which the TEQSA Act has contributed to improved regulation

  4. whether there is unnecessary overlap with other legislation, for example, the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000, the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 and the Higher Education Support Act 2003

  5. whether there are amendments to the TEQSA Act or other changes that would enhance the Act’s impact or its administration

  6. whether the required functions of the Higher Education Standards Panel are adequately reflected in the TEQSA Act.