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Curtin University
Office of Strategy and Planning

Curtin Planning & Quality Framework

The Office of Strategy and Planning provides leadership and strategic advice in the planning and management of quality matters within the University. Quality assurance activities encompass the management of the University's registration, compliance and regulatory requirements with TEQSA, and implementation of the quality assurance processes related to the University's Strategic Plan, key performance indicators, and management and governance processes.

Curtin's approach to quality management incorporates continuous improvement in a cycle of planning, implementation, review and improvement. Curtin actively plans for quality as well as seeking opportunities to improve its process management. The University is committed to a four-step quality cycle of Approach-Deploy-Review-Improve (ADRI).

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) - Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF)

Quality assurance and improvement at Curtin is informed by the TEQSA Higher Education Standards Framework. Under the TEQSA Act, all registered higher education providers must continue to demonstrate that they meet the Standards of the Higher Education Standards Framework. The HESF encompasses Standards that universities would ordinarily be expected to address in directing and monitoring their activities. The Office of Strategy and Planning reports annually to Academic Board on compliance with the Standards.

As illustrated below, the HES Framework is structured to align with the student experience as they progress from prospective students through to the award of a qualification.

TEQSA Standards also relate to the Australian Quality Framework (AQF), Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS), the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (ACRCR) and professional accreditation of courses by professional bodies.


Curtin is committed to a process which facilitates review and planning as part of the University's value of Excellence in pursuit of the University's Vision. The Office of Strategy and Planning provides leadership and strategic advice in the planning and management of the review process under the auspices of the Provost. The Senior Executive Team (SET) is the primary governance body with responsibility for monitoring the reviews. A critical part of the review and planning process is the conduct of regular, systematic external reviews of schools. School reviews inform, and are informed by, the schools' planning processes and include benchmarking as part of the review process. School reviews also include review of learning and teaching and research at Curtin's offshore locations. Curtin's offshore locations are also reviewed as part of the Collaborative Education Services (CES) Policy and Procedures, with periodic external reviews undertaken in conjunction with the Office of Strategy and Planning.

Quality Framework

Quality assurance is a combination of Quality Enhancement ('fitness for purpose' assessment, continuous improvement) and Accountability (external accreditation, registration, audit).

Quality at Curtin is an integrated approach that enables evaluation of processes, practices and performances. Aligned to TEQSA's Higher Education Standards, Curtin's Quality Framework assists the University in meeting its strategic objectives related to: Learning and Student Experience, Research and Innovation, Engagement and Impact, People and Culture, Global Positioning and Sustainable Future.

In addition to the quality assurance activities undertaken by the Office of Strategy and Planning, other areas of the University contribute to quality at Curtin.

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Quality Framework for Teaching and Learning

Compliance Framework

Risk Management Framework

Curtin Corporate Governance Framework