Welcome to the Higher Education Standards Panel

The Higher Education Standards Panel has now provided advice to the Commonwealth Minister for Education on making and varying the Higher Education Standards Framework, for his consideration. The final proposed Higher Education Standards Framework is now available.

 

The Higher Education Standards Panel (the Panel) is an expert Advisory Body established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act 2011). The Panel has been established to provide independent advice to the Commonwealth Minister(s) responsible for tertiary education and research.

The current Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 and Amendment No. 1 to the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2011 consist of ‘Threshold’ and ‘Non-Threshold’ Standards. However, the ‘Non-Threshold’ Standards have not been defined and are not intended to be used for regulatory purposes.

The Panel’s work is independent of the regulator, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). This ensures the separation of standards setting and the monitoring and enforcement functions carried out by TEQSA in its regulatory role.

The functions of the Panel are:

  • to advise and make recommendations to the Commonwealth Minister(s) responsible for tertiary education and research on the Higher Education Standards Framework
  • to advise and make recommendations to TEQSA on matters relating to the Higher Education Standards Framework.

In addition, the Panel is required to undertake a review of the current Threshold Standards in accordance with Section 29 of the TEQSA Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions Act 2011. That review has commenced.

Throughout the review, the Panel will be consulting with stakeholders and keeping them informed of developments through regular Communiqués and other consultations. As the development process progresses, draft standards and related material will be released for comment as part of formal consultation processes.