New higher education standards

A new Higher Education Standards Framework legislative instrument was made by the Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham in October 2015. A media release announcing the new standards was issued at that time.

The Higher Education Standards are the basis for the regulation of higher education providers and courses by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The new standards legislative instrument is available for download from the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation website.

The current Standards will remain in force until 31 December 2016. They are available for download from the Australian Government Federal Register of Legislation website.

The new standards will come into effect from 1 January 2017.

The new standards will support continued improvement in the quality of Australian higher education while easing the regulatory burden associated with TEQSA’s provider registration and course accreditation assessments.

TEQSA will work closely with higher education providers throughout 2016 to ensure they are fully prepared to implement the new standards. A statement has been released by TEQSA and is available on the TEQSA website.

The revised standards follow a comprehensive review of the initial (2011) standards by the Higher Education Standards Panel. The Panel consulted widely with universities, other higher education providers and state and territory governments on the updates. The new standards received strong support from higher education stakeholders and have been endorsed by the states and territories and by TEQSA.

It is estimated that, once fully implemented, the new standards will reduce the administrative burden on higher education providers by over $2.5 million a year. The Panel’s Report on the Independent Review is equivalent to a Regulation Impact Statement.