TEQSA Sexual Harassment Practice Note

Date —

6 August 2020

Education Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

In a far-ranging to submission to a Productivity Commission review of funding in the vocational education and training (VET) sector, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has highlighted the challenges associated with separate funding and loan frameworks in the higher education system. In doing so, ITECA has called for the Australian Government to act and move towards a more integrated tertiary education system.

Key Issues —

The TEQSAs Good Practice Note is intended to support higher education providers to better understand, prevent, identify and respond to sexual assault and sexual harassment.

In publicising the note, TEQSA has stated that understanding, preventing and responding appropriately to sexual assault and sexual harassment is a matter of concern for all higher education providers.

The approach set out in the document appreciates that there can never be zero risk; however, it makes clear that TEQSA appreciates that there is a range of responses to managing these risks and that these may be quite different for each provider depending on the provider’s individual context. The Good Practice note can be downloaded from the link below.

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TEQSA Higher Education Resources

TEQSA Good practice note on sexual harassment [PDF]

It is important to note that the guidelines for good practice are not regulatory requirements for higher education providers but, rather, seek to illustrate best practice examples. When it comes to the safety and wellbeing of staff and students, all providers are undoubtedly committed to implementing a best practice approach. TEQSA’s assessment activities will only focus on compliance with the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework) and other regulatory requirements, as applicable.

This document was prepared by TEQSA’s Working Group on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment with key stakeholders including the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) and Universities Australia (UA) providing comment.

Getting Involved —

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 the ITECA Higher Education Reference Committee  and the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Committee.  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 policy@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


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