Universities Australia is currently in consultation with the Australian Government on the establishment of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA), a new unifed body to monitor quality and set standards across the tertiary sector.
Quality assurance in Australian universities is currently provided by a range of internal and external mechanisms which assess teaching and learning, research, and governance and administration. These are regularly audited by the Australian Universities Quality Agency. AUQA is an independent, not-for-profit national agency that promotes, audits and reports on quality assurance in Australian higher education. It also conducts quality audits of self-crediting Australian higher education institutions and State and Territory Government higher education accreditation authorities on a five-yearly cycle. It operates independently of Governments and the higher education sector under the direction of a board of directors. AUQA is owned by and receives core, operational funding from the Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers for higher education. Its responsibilities do not include investigating student and/or staff complaints about individual universities: such matters remain the responsibility of individual institutions.
The Australian Qualifications Framework Council (AQFC) provides advice to Commonwealth and State Ministers for education on the Australian Qualifications Framework. The Framework is a unified system of 13 national qualifications in schools, vocational education and training and the higher education sector (mainly universities). Universities Australia is represented on the AQF Council by Professor Ian Young, Vice-Chancellor of Swinburne University of Technology.
Code of practice
The code of practice and its associated guidelines, including guidelines on fee refunds, provide tangible evidence of the Australian university sector's commitment to its international students and to ensuring the continued high standing of Australia's reputation as an education and training provider.
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