In parallel with the creation of TEQSA, the Commonwealth established the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP). The HESP’s role is to develop a set of minimum standards across a range of essential criteria that all higher education institutions (including non-university providers) must meet to be included on TEQSA’s Register of Higher Education Providers. 

The aim of the Standards is to ensure the organisational and financial underpinnings of a university are sound and sustainable, and that the quality of the teaching and research infrastructure is sufficient to ensure appropriate outcomes for graduates.

The HESP is currently reviewing the higher education standards, and Universities Australia is contributing advice to the panel through a variety of pathways. The Standards are due to be adopted by the Commonwealth in 2014.

Visit the Higher Education Standards website.

The Australian Qualifications Framework

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training, incorporating qualifications from higher education, vocational education and schools into a single, unified system. The AQF serves as an external assurance that a degree of a certain type meets the same expected learning outcomes and teaches the same level of skills regardless of which institution offers the degree. 

The AQF will be referred to in the Higher Education Standards.

Visit the AQF website.