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Higher Education Standards Framework

TEQSA registers and evaluates the performance of higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework, specifically, the Threshold Standards. All providers must meet the Threshold Standards in order to enter and remain within Australia's higher education system. The Standards are available online.

The Higher Education Standards Panel (the Panel) was established to provide independent advice to the Commonwealth Ministers responsible for tertiary education and research. The Panel's work was independent to the regulator TEQSA. The Panel provided its advice on proposed revisions to the Higher Education Standards Framework to the Commonwealth Minister for Education in December 2014. The updated Standards were passed through Parliament in December 2015 and came into effect on 1 January 2017.

The new Standards have a strong student focus across seven domains:

  1. Student Participation and Attainment
  2. Learning Environment
  3. Teaching
  4. Research and Research Training
  5. Institutional Quality Assurance
  6. Governance and Accountability
  7. Representation, Information and Information Management

Work has now begun for TEQSA to ensure the sector understands its responsibilities and that as a quality assurance agency, TEQSA continues to implement the Standards in keeping with its regulatory principles of reflecting risk, regulatory necessity and proportionality.

During 2016 TEQSA held workshops for providers to discuss implementation of the new Standards and will also adapt its sector guidance notes.

Context of the HES Framework 2015 - effective 1 January 2017

As illustrated below, the HES Framework has been structured to align with the student experience or 'student life cycle' i.e. as they progress from prospective students through to the award of a qualification.

HESF 2015 - Student Life Cycle

TEQSA contextual overview of the new HES Framework is available here.