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Senate inquiry splits on TEQSA bill

The Australian    |    19 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A Senate inquiry into a bill to restructure the higher education regulator has split along party lines. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The majority report of the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee has recommended the Senate to pass the bill to streamline the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The bill would take away its broad quality assessment role, spill the commissioners and restructure the commission, and enlarge the minister’s power to give directions to the agency. It would give commissioners more power to delegate decisions, and allow TEQSA to … [Read more...]

The Scan | #154 | 13 June 2014

TEQSA "gardening leave" confirmed 13 June 2014    |    It has been confirmed at Senate Estimates that chief higher education regulator Carol Nicoll has taken indefinite leave and her future is tied to legislation that would restructure the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  A Bill introduced in late February by education minister Christopher Pyne would spill the positions of TEQSA’s five commissioners, splitting the roles of chief commissioner and chief executive both of which are currently vested in the person of Dr Nicoll. It would also strip away the agency’s broader role in quality assessment.....[ MORE ]…. VET susidy cuts in Queensland 13 June 2014    |    The … [Read more...]

TEQSA “gardening leave” confirmed

The Australian    |    13 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… It has been confirmed at Senate Estimates that chief higher education regulator Carol Nicoll has taken indefinite leave and her future is tied to legislation that would restructure the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… A Bill introduced in late February by education minister Christopher Pyne would spill the positions of TEQSA’s five commissioners, splitting the roles of chief commissioner and chief executive both of which are currently vested in the person of Dr Nicoll. It would also strip away the agency’s broader role in quality … [Read more...]

TEQSA cuts “nuts”

The Australian    |   21 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A budget line item to halve the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency’s (TEQSA) funding has been described as “counter¬intuitive” by Hilary Winchester, deputy vice-chancellor at CQ University and a former higher education auditor. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Winchester said: It does look nuts to me. We will see … new operators rushing to get registered and offer higher education programs in what they see as a low cost market. The 2014-15 budget papers show regulation and quality assurance cuts from $20.4 million in 2013 to $10.3m in 2017. According to the budget statement : Reduced … [Read more...]

LH Martin Institute News

Problems reading? Try the web version eNewsletter Wednesday 30 April Featured in this issue Insights Comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report Demand Driven Funding Review debate: a user’s guide Challenges in assuring the quality of our universities – anticipating the future Upcoming Programs & Events Welcome to Dr Ruth Schubert Position Vacant Insights Comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report Jim Davidson Comments on the Demand Driven Funding System Report from Jim Davidson who spoke at the CSHE & LHMI Seminar on this … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update – Edition 543, 3 March 2013

In Focus TEQSA - changes to deliver on the deregulation agenda For ACPET members, whether delivering in the VET, ELICOS and higher education sectors, Thursday’s second reading speech by Minister Pyne, introducing the TEQSA Amendment Bill 2014 will come as very good news. It shows a government clearly committed to lifting onerous and unnecessary regulation on high performing higher education institutions.As the Minister stated: The Government has committed to deliberate action to remove red tape and is determined to implement an appropriate deregulatory agenda to ensure that higher education institutions have more time and resources to devote to doing what they do best- that is … [Read more...]

Lee Dow on TEQSA reform

2 March 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Professor Kwong Lee Dow who, with Professor Valerie Braithwaite, undertook the review of higher education regulation, provided The Scan with the following comments on government legislation to restructure and refocus the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Given that the Bill follows the recommendations which our Review had prepared for the previous government, it is not surprising that I am in agreement with the key elements of the Bill. A starting point is the decision to amend the current Act, and not to start afresh through abolition and the creation then of a … [Read more...]