TEQSA Board Appointment Welcomed

Date —
15 April 2019

Industry Sector/s
Higher Education

Summary ―

The appointment of Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper as a Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has been welcomed by the independent tertiary education sector given her in-depth knowledge of the issues faced by the non-government sector.

Key Issues

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. Along with responsibility for TEQSA’s regulatory decisions, the Commissioners are also responsible for setting the strategic directions of the agency, governance, financial management, performance reporting and its regulatory approach.

On 17 April 2019 the Minister for Education appointed Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper as a Commissioner.

Professor Cooper has direct knowledge of the strengths and challenges of all parts of Australia’s diverse higher education sector, particularly independent higher education providers. With around twenty per cent of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) membership being independent higher education providers, Professor Cooper will bring an important perspective to the regulator’s work.

Many ITECA members are dual-sector providers meaning they support students in both the higher education plus vocational education and training (VET) sectors. Professor Cooper’s recent experience as the Chair of the Academic Board of a large public sector VET provider will provide her with unique insights according to ITECA.

ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams, has welcomed the appointment saying that a TEQSA Commissioner with the ability to approach the role with an appreciation of both the higher education and VET sectors is something that the independent higher education sector welcomes.  He noted that the challenge quality providers face in balancing the different compliance obligations of the two sectors are real, and Professor Cooper’s understanding of this will be crucial to the interests of the independent higher education sector.

There are around 120 independent higher education providers regulated by TEQSA of which more than half at ITECA members.

The role of TEQSA Commissioner is considered to be a key appointment from the perspective of the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) and its membership.  This is due to the ongoing high-level dialogue between TEQSA and ITECA which allows the regulator to gain a greater understanding of the key issues in the higher education sector and helps to build stakeholder capacity to meet regulatory requirements.

Member Engagement:

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Higher Education Sector Interest Group.

Further Information:

For more information on this issue please send an email to higher.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.

Disclaimer & Copyright:

This article was published on the 15th of April, 2019. The material published on this website page is intended for general information only and is not legal advice or other professional advice.  It may not be reproduced without ITECA’s prior written consent.

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