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Approval Process

The introduction, major revision or deletion of a University academic program must go through the University's Program Development and Approval process.

Initially this will require the development of a Concept Proposal involving consultation between the Faculty and other areas of the University before a full proposal is submitted to the Program Approval and Entry Committee (PAEC). Note that for proposals regarding research degrees, the approval process is managed through Research Education and Development Committee (REDC).

When planning proposals, proponents must allow for:

Program Development and Approval

Approval Process Steps
1. Develop Concept Proposal
Proponent develops concept proposal and obtains approval through the relevant Faculty and School processes. Approval must include sign off by the relevant Head of School(s), Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching) or equivalent and Executive Dean(s).
2. Circulate Concept Proposal
Faculty circulates concept proposal to relevant stakeholders enabling consultation between proponent and stakeholders.
3. Engage with LQS
Proponent engages with Learning and Quality Support who will support the development of the full proposal.
4. Complete Full Proposal
Proponent completes full proposal including required endorsements.
5. Submit Proposal to PAEC Secretariat
Proponent submits proposal to the PAEC Secretariat.
Submission deadlines are 4 weeks prior to meeting dates.
6. PAEC considers Proposal
PAEC considers proposal and makes a recommendation to Academic Board.
PAEC submits recommendations 1.5 weeks prior to Academic Board meeting.
7. Academic Board considers proposal
Academic Board considers proposal and submits to Vice-Chancellor and President for approval.
8. Notification of outcome
PAEC Secretariat notifies stakeholders of outcome within 1 week of Academic Board meeting.

Please contact the PAEC Executive Officer if additional information is required on the Program Development and Approval process.

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