TEQSA Chief Commissioner Appointed

Date —

19 November 2020

Education Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

The appointment of Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO as Chief Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has been welcomed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education, training and skills sectors.

Key Issues —

In October 2018 Professor Coaldrake was appointed by the Education Minister to conduct a review into the Higher Education Provider Category Standards.

In June this year, he was appointed to the TEQSA Commission, where his extensive leadership experience and comprehensive understanding of Australia’s higher education sector, quality assurance and regulatory standards has greatly supported TEQSA’s work.

Professor Coaldrake is “highly attuned to the particular needs of independent higher education providers,” ITECA Chief Executive, Troy Williams, told The Australian newspaper.

A dual Fulbright scholar, Professor Coaldrake is also a former chair of both Universities Australia and the governing board of the OECD’s then higher education group IMHE.

ITECA also paid tribute to the outgoing TEQSA Chief Commissioner, Professor Nick Saunders.  It was under Professors Saunders' leadership that TEQSA resigned a memorandum of understanding with ITECA earlier this year.

“Professor Saunders was a true gentleman and we highly valued his commitment to meaningful engagement with ITECA and our members. The independent tertiary education sector is better for Professor Saunders’ leadership of TEQSA,” Mr Williams said.

Independent providers support around 10% of the 1.5 million students in higher education.

Getting Involved —

Members in the higher education sector play a lead role in setting the framework for ITECA's engagement with TEQSA through their participation in the ITECA Higher Education Reference Group.  ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.

Further Information —

If you're an ITECA member and would like more information on this matter, the ITECA team would value the opportunity to talk to you.  Simply send an email to higher.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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