Media Release: NTEU Encouraged by TEQSA Principles
The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) gave in-principle support to the exposure draft of the legislation to establish the new regulatory agency, National Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), released today by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans.
“While NTEU will take the opportunity to provide further detailed written comments on the legislation, we are encouraged that the exposure draft addresses a number of important concerns NTEU and other stakeholders raised in earlier discussions centred on the roles and responsibilities of TEQSA”, Jeannie Rea, National President of NTEU, said today.
“In particular, the specific inclusion of the principles of minimising the regulatory burden on higher education providers and insuring that the regulation of standards and quality are risk based and proportionate are very important.”
“The TEQSA legislation now explicitly recognises that not all higher education providers are the same and therefore do not present the same risks. Being required to take into account a provider’s history, scale and mission when assessing risk should minimise the regulatory burden on low risk providers.”
“The introduction of a streamlined, risk-based approach to regulate the standards and quality of Australia’s higher education is a positive approach for TEQSA.”
“NTEU looks forward to further discussion about the roles and responsibilities of TEQSA as well as the development of provider, qualification, teaching and learning, research and other standards which will underpin the quality and reputation of Australia’s higher education sector,” Ms Rea concluded.
Jeannie Rea, National President, 0434 609 531
Paul Kniest, Policy and Research Coordinator, 0418 170 622