Higher education standards

Working paper

Fostering creativity and critical thinking in university teaching and learning: considerations for academics and their professional learning

Developed as one of the resources within the context of an OECD/Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) ERI project, this paper focuses on ways in which students’ creativity and critical thinking can be fostered in higher education by contextualising such efforts within the broader...
Discussion paper

Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Review 2022: discussion paper

This discussion paper explores how the international education sector can remain competitive, by ensuring the legislative and policy frameworks underpinning international education support diversification and growth into the future and continue to be a world-leading regulatory framework.

“They don’t understand the fear we have”

This report from Human Rights Watch asserts that Australian universities have failed to protect the academic freedom of students from China, and of academics who criticise the Chinese Communist Party.

ERA EI Review final report 2020-2021

The Australian Research Council is responsible for assessing the quality, engagement and impact of Australia’s university research through its two assessment programs, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and Engagement and Impact (EI). This report sets out a range of recommendations designed to enhance the...
Discussion paper

Discussion paper: making and assessing claims of scholarship and scholarly activity

As part of its regulatory roles, TEQSA is required to assess evidence of ‘scholarship’ that is put forward by providers, whether evidence of scholarship by individuals, such as teaching staff within the provider, or for the provider as a whole. This paper does not seek...

Improving the transparency of higher education admissions

This report presents TEQSA’s summative evaluation of the sector’s responses against the Higher Education Standards Panel’s recommendations to achieve greater transparency in the admissions information for higher education.
Discussion paper

Discussion paper on the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education 2005

This discussion paper expands on the NCSEHE’s recent submission to the 2020 Review of the Disability Standards for Education (2005). It examines issues that the standards were developed to address, including institutional responses to disability, the identification of disability, curriculum development, accreditation and delivery, student...

Academic credit arrangements (credit recognition): final report

The Department of Education, Skills and Employment commissioned PhillipsKPA consultants to undertake background research to support consideration of the adequacy of the regulatory framework for academic credit pathways in higher education. This report provides recommendations and draws together issues, practices, policy and regulation, and feedback...

Toolkit to support quality assurance agencies to address academic integrity and contract cheating

This toolkit has been developed to share Australia’s lessons with our colleagues in quality assurance agencies in the global fight against contract cheating and other threats to academic integrity.
Discussion paper

Job-ready graduates: Higher Education Reform Package 2020

This discussion paper outlines how public investment in higher education will focus on 'national priorities,' and tailor a system that delivers for students, industry and the community. The Morrison Government says the changes are aimed at driving the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s regulation of higher education

The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA’s) regulation of higher education.

Risk Assessment Framework consultation: summary report

This document provides an account of the consultation process that took place; summarises stakeholder feedback on the Risk Assessment Framework; and communicates the agency's focus areas and forthcoming plans to the sector.

Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards: final report

A key driver for this review has been to ensure that the Provider Category Standards (PCS) remain fit for purpose against Australia’s evolving higher education landscape, accommodate innovative and changing practice, and are comparable to international benchmarks.
Discussion paper

Risk Assessment Framework: consultation paper

The current RAF has been in place since 2014, so it is timely to call for a review and consider ways in which the RAF could be improved upon to ensure that it continues to effectively and comprehensively reflect the nature and operation of higher...
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A model code for the protection of freedom of speech and academic freedom in Australian higher education providers

This document, developed by the University Chancellors Council, outlines the systems and processes in place to protect academic freedom and freedom of speech in Australian higher education institutions.

DASSH response to the call for comment on the proposed Higher Education Standards Framework

DASSH broadly endorses the proposed revisions to the Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF). The proposed HESF presents a more streamlined, coherent and accessible approach than the existing Framework. The introduction of the Standards for Higher Education, replacing aspects of the current Provider Registration, Provider Category...