Quality assurance in higher education relates not only to internal processes for evaluating and ensuring quality. It also concerns state and federal mechanisms designed to regulate the provision of higher education, and the extent to which those mechanisms protect quality of provision across the board.
In the 2009-10 Budget Measures the Rudd Government announced it would establish a new national body for regulation and quality assurance called the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). Responsibility for quality assurance in higher education is currently shared between the Commonwealth Government, States and Territories. The new arrangements will be informed by the Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment (MCTEE).
TEQSA will oversee the development of strengthened quality assurance arrangements and protect the overall quality of the Australian higher education system. It is intended to accredit providers, evaluate the performance of institutions and programs, encourage best practice, de-clutter current regulatory arrangements and provide greater national consistency.
The Government tabled the revised versions TEQSA Bills into the Senate on Tuesday 22 March 2001. The Bill was immediately referred to the Senate Standing Committee on Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. This means that the NTEU will have a further opportunity to raise issues of concern including that:
- The legislation does not give universities self accrediting status,
- There is no staff representation on the Higher Education Standards Panel, and
- The investigative powers of TEQSA seem largely unnecessary and excessive.
Copies of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011 and Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011 and associated Explanatory memorandum can be found.
NTEU Submission on Developing a Framework for Teaching and Learning Standards in Australian Higher Education and the Role of TEQSA
NTEU's submission in response to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) discussion paper on Developing a Framework for Teaching and Learning Standards in ...
NTEU Submission to Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill Draft Provider Standards â€“ Comments on the Consultation Draft
NTEU's Submission on the TEQSA Draft Provider Standards (amended version as of April 2011) is attached below.
This is the second round of consultation in relation to these standards, ...
NTEU's call for the interests of university staff to be recognised by the new Tertiary Eduction Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and for the self accreding status of universities to be ...