A new review announced yesterday by the Minister for Tertiary Education Craig Emerson will examine the regulation of Australian universities.
It comes at an important time. Just recently a report commissioned by Universities Australia found that the average Australian university is spending nearly A$1 million every year meeting just part of one department’s reporting requirements.
As universities are forced to tighten their budgets, the review will be a vital step. But at the moment, it’s concentrating on just one kind of regulatory pressure – namely that from the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) – without considering all the other groups that ask universities for information.
But there is one idea that would not only help save universities from their large reporting burden, but also increase the public’s access to research.