Report of the Independent Review of freedom of speech in Australian higher education providers

Academic freedom Freedom of speech Higher education Learning and teaching Australia

On 14 November 2018, the Minister for Education the Hon Dan Tehan MP announced an independent review into freedom of speech in higher education, to be undertaken by the Hon Mr Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of the High Court Chief of Australia.

The focus of the review was to assess the effectiveness of university policies and practices to address the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework to promote and protect freedom of expression and intellectual inquiry on Australian campuses.

Between November 2018 and March 2019, Mr French undertook a two-stage stakeholder consultation process seeking stakeholder views on the review Terms of Reference and a Draft Model Code. These stakeholders included all universities, student representative groups, higher education provider peak bodies and the national higher education regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

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