In May 2013, the Government commissioned an independent review
looking at ways to reduce the regulatory burden on higher education
providers. This came about predominantly in response to concerns
being raised by the sector about the effectiveness of
Australia's higher education regulatory framework. Of
particular focus is the role of the Tertiary Education Quality and
Standards Agency (TEQSA) as the responsible body for compliance and
monitoring of the quality of Australia's higher education
Whilst the report concluded that having one body responsible for
compliance and monitoring such as TEQSA was crucial to maintaining
quality of education, the report identified eleven key
recommendations to address the key issue of reducing regulatory
burden. These have been summarised below:
Reduce the role of TEQSA to focus on its core activities as a
regulator – concentrate on new provider registration and
Establish mechanisms for TEQSA to consult with stakeholders and
receive sector advice.
TEQSA need to segregate the sector into different types of
providers and apply regulatory oversight based on risk assessment
– i.e. one size does not fit all.
TEQSA review how existing regulatory processes could be
utilised to streamline re registration processes for well
Improve timeliness in delivering TEQSA's key activities of
initial provider registration and course accreditation.
Establish MOUs and letters of arrangement with other regulatory
bodies to reduce duplication of effort – key areas of
duplication include: Financial viability assessments, risk
assessments and consultation forums.
Government needs to better align the work of existing players
in the sector.
Government must reduce the amount of duplication between the
four key Acts – HESA 2003, ESOS Act 2000, National Vocational
Education and Training Regulator Act 2011 and Tertiary Education
Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011.
Align activities between ASQA (Australian Skills Quality
Authority) and TEQSA through a more collaborative working
Government to immediately engage with TEQSA to agree and reduce
duplication of effort.
Government to formalise and strengthen the role of NAGHEDI
(National Advisory Group on Higher Education Data and Information)
as the data collection body for TEQSA.
The Moore Stephens Education Focus Group will continue to work
with the sector and the relevant government agencies to address the
regulatory and operational risks currently faced by higher
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