TEQSA

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s large, diverse and complex higher education sector, guided by the:

The University of Adelaide’s registration as an Australian University was successfully renewed in 2015 for the maximum period of seven years, until September 2022. In 2020, the University accepted TEQSA's proposal to extend the University's re-registration date to August 2025.

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  • Threshold standards

    A key theme within the new Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2021 is the requirement to meet the educational, academic support and administrative needs of all students, regardless of background.

    The minimum acceptable requirements are outlined within the many sub-categories of each of the seven domains for the provision of higher education in or from Australia.

    The Framework consists of the following domains:

    • Student Participation and Attainment
    • Learning Environment
    • Teaching
    • Research and Research Training
    • Institutional Quality Assurance
    • Governance and Accountability
    • Representation, Information and Information Management
  • Risk assessment

    The TEQSA Risk Assessment Framework sets out the key steps and components of the annual risk assessment they undertake of higher education providers. 

    Learn more about how TEQSA rates risk indicators.

  • Consultations

    Scholarship: In October 2020, TEQSA released a discussion paper regarding ‘Making and assessing claims of scholarship and scholarly activity' with a set of principles that are proposed to guide providers when offering evidence of their capacity to meet the requirements of the HESF in relation to scholarship. Responses to the discussion paper will help shape the TEQSA’s approach to assessing claims of scholarship and scholarly activity, and inform revisions to its Guidance Note on Scholarship.

    A single University response was submitted to TEQSA on 14 December 2020.

  • Academic Integrity

  • Publication Highlights

    • Foundations for good practice: The student experience of online learning in Australian higher education during the COVID-19 pandemic the November 2020 report is based on a thematic analysis of summaries of student experience surveys conducted by 118 Australian higher education providers.
    • The Overseas Students Ombudsman’s fact sheet regarding international student complaints related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact sheet notes that complaints have risen due to impact of CV-19 and offered guidance to students and providers on the view’s that the Ombudsman may form on common complaint issues relating to fees, refunds, deferments and dissatisfaction with online teaching;
    • National principles for clinical education during the COVID-19 pandemic to guide the decisions of professions, accreditation authorities, education providers and health services about student clinical education;
    • DESE’s COV-19 Regulatory Information Sheet which provides guidance on the approach that the DESE and TEQSA will apply when regulating the requirements of the National Code;
    • The Overseas Students Ombudsman’s fact sheet regarding international student complaints related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fact sheet notes that complaints have risen due to impact of CV-19 and offered guidance to students and providers on the view’s that the Ombudsman may form on common complaint issues relating to fees, refunds, deferments and dissatisfaction with online teaching;
    • The Joint Statement of Principles for the Higher Education Sector COVID-19 Response that has been endorsed by the Australian Council of Professions (ACoP), Universities Australia (UA), the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the Australian Collaborative Education Network (ACEN) and the Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA).  These agreed Principles provide guidance for the higher education sector to mitigate and minimise the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic;
    • TEQSA's Online Learning Good Practice contains a number of new resources regarding online learning and delivery.TEQSA has worked with peak bodies and experts to share resources to assist providers in the transition to online learning;
    • TEQSA's new resource Online delivery - key considerations for providers information on flexible and adaptive delivery of higher education and support for students;
    • TEQSA Corporate Plan 2018-2022

    Good Practice Notes prove exemplars and specific practical advice

     

  • Material changes

    The University is legislatively required to notify TEQSA within 14 days of events that happen or are likely to happen that may significantly affect the University’s ability to satisfy the Higher Education Standards Framework.

    Examples of these events include:

    • Failure to comply with the requirements of the legislation under which the University is established, recognised or incorporated
    • Failure to comply with any other legislative requirements such as national workplace laws eg large scale underpayment of staff
    • Student critical incidents
    • Entering into or terminating Third-Party Arrangements (TPA’s)
    • Adding a new program or location to a TPA
    • Failure of the control and reporting system put in place to monitor TPA delivery
    • Changes to senior leadership (Chancellor, VC, COO, DVCA, DVCR, PEO)
    • Reputational Issues:
      • adverse findings, decisions or unscheduled compliance audits by another regulator, government department or accreditation body, eg loss of accreditation;
      • allegations or findings of fraud, corruption and/or maladministration, by a member of the governing body or staff member, including any referrals to an anti-corruption body;
      • allegations of research misconduct under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and any other code of conduct
    • Financial viability issues (major changes to capital structure, material growth or decline in revenue or profitability)
    • An organisational restructure involving material reduction in staff
    • A phishing attack disrupts the University’s IT systems and key services
    • Contract cheating incident involving multiple students is discovered

    Further information can be found on TEQSA’s material change webpage or in its Material Change Policy.  All material changes are reported to TEQSA by Education Quality.

    To report a material change at the University please contact Education Quality within 5 days of the event to enable sufficient time to gather all necessary evidence.

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