UA agrees it is appropriate to undertake a periodic review of the RAF, particularly in light of recent policy and fiscal changes within the higher education sector, and notes the consultative nature of the process that has seen workshops held across the country.
The workshop held in Sydney on 6 September provided the opportunity for UA staff to engage in productive conversations with representatives from universities and non-university providers. Broadly speaking, feedback centred around the importance of contextualising quantitative data that feeds into the current RAF with supplementary qualitative information.
The consultations also touched on a range of live higher education topics, such as cyber security and academic integrity. It is premature to consider how these topics might feed into TEQSA’s RAF, and UA notes the difficulties around quantifying these topics. UA is, however, always open to a conversation with the regulator on what is being done to implement best practice across the sector.