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Office of Strategy and Planning

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA)

TEQSA's role and functions

TEQSA regulates and assures the quality of Australia's higher education sector. The Australian higher education system comprises both public and private universities, Australian branches of overseas universities, and other higher education providers with and without self-accrediting authority. Curtin is registered as a public university with self-accrediting authority.

TEQSA registers and evaluates the performance of higher education providers against the Higher Education Standards Framework - specifically the Threshold Standards, which all providers must meet in order to enter and remain within Australia's higher education system.

The University went through the renewal of registration process in 2015. In early August 2015 Curtin University was advised that TEQSA had renewed its registration for a period of seven years until 30 July 2022.

Further information is available from the 'Renewal of Registration' page (staff access only).

TEQSA's objectives

  • Ensure national consistency in the regulation of higher education using a standards-based quality framework and applying three regulatory principles - regulatory necessity, reflecting risk and proportionate regulation
  • Protect and enhance Australia's reputation for quality higher education and excellence, innovation and diversity
  • Protect students  understanding higher education
  • Ensure that students have access to information  relating to higher education
  • Encourage and promote a higher education system that is appropriate  to meet Australia's social and economic needs
  • TEQSA' Functions under the TEQSA Act include to:

  • Register regulated entities as registered higher education providers
  • Renew the registration of those providers
  • And for providers without self-accrediting authority:
  • Accredit courses of study
  • Renew the accreditation of courses

Functions under the ESOS Act

TEQSA is responsible under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act for the registration of higher education courses, foundation programs and ELICOS programs to overseas students. It also regulates the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

For more information, please visit the Curtin ESOS website.

Liaising with TEQSA

Professor John Cordery, Provost, is responsible for liaising directly with TEQSA authorities.