The internal quality assurance systems and processes of universities are given external validation through the assessments undertaken by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA), the Commonwealth Government’s higher education regulator.

Established in 2011, TEQSA’s role is to register higher education providers and assess their ongoing performance against the Higher Education Standards. TEQSA continually monitors providers against a range of indicators, and can intervene in a provider’s operation should it demonstrate a need to do so to maintain quality. 

Universities Australia supports the purpose and role of TEQSA, agreeing that it has an important role in providing independent verification that universities and other institutions are providing effective education to their enrolled students and are run in effective, efficient and sustainable ways.

TEQSA is still a new entity, and Universities Australia does consider that it is still a work in progress and can be streamlined to ensure that it operates with efficiency and complementary to the universities’ own processes. 

Visit TEQSA's website.