The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Act 2011 established TEQSA as the agency to oversee national regulatory and quality assurance for Australian higher education. Its primary aim is to ensure that all students (domestic and international) receive a high quality education with any Australian higher education provider.
The Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 apply to Southern Cross University from 1 January 2017.
The Higher Education Standards contain 7 Domains –
- Student Participation and Attainment
- Learning Environment
- Research and Research Training
- Institutional Quality Assurance
- Governance and Accountability
- Representation, Information and Information Management
Other instruments which impact on Quality Assurance and which apply to the University include –
- Australian Qualification Framework (AQF)
- TEQSA assesses applications for inclusion on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)
- TEQSA’s regulatory authority under the Education Services for Overseas Students Act (ESOS Act 2000)
- National Code of Practice for Registration Authorities and Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007 (National Code)
- TEQSA’s regulatory responsibility for English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students (ELICOS) includes the ELICOS National Standards
- The Higher Education Support Act (HESA Act 2003) also contains Quality Assurance requirements which apply to the University.
The relationship of the various elements within the TEQSA Regulatory Framework listed above are available here in diagram.
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