Tertiary quality assurance

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TESQA)

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. Their purpose is to protect student interests and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector by assuring the quality of higher education providers through a risk-reflective approach to regulation. Their work is underpinned by encouraging, supporting and recognising effective quality assurance and enhancement in Australian higher education providers. All organisations that offer higher education qualifications in or from Australia (universities and non-universities) must be registered with TESQA.

Visit the TESQA website.

Australian Quality Framework (AQF)

The Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in the Australian education and training system. It incorporates the quality assured qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.  One of the key objectives of the Australian Qualifications Framework is to facilitate pathways to, and through, formal qualifications. AQF qualifications link with each other in a range of learning pathways between schools, VET and higher education and education and work as an individual’s learning and career ambitions require. The AQF provides for flexible, transparent and systematic learning pathways and to the removal of boundaries between educational sectors.

Visit the AQF website.

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT)

The Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) captures direct feedback on the quality of higher education in Australia, as perceived by students.  Provides prospective students with information about Australian universities from the perspective of recent students and graduates, and Universities with information on their perceived performance.QILT

Visit the QILT website.

Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA)

The Australian Skills Quality Authority’s (ASQA) role as the national vocational education and training (VET) regulator is to accredit courses that may be offered and/or delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs).  Accreditation with ASQA ensures that courses are nationally recognised and meet an established industry, enterprise, educational, legislative or community need.

Visit the ASQA website.


Need resources, strategies or assistance?  

Each of the above bodies play an important role in the planning, development and maintenance of quality course, program and curriculum in the tertiary sector. For assistance in how these may apply to your course or program, contact your Associate Dean of Teaching Quality, or Program Leader.