A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) establishes a new framework for the higher education regulator and the sector’s peak body to work together.
Key Issues —
Signed on 24 February 2020, the MoU between TEQSA and ITECA establishes formal consultative arrangements between TEQSA and ITECA, the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education sector. It reflects a shared commitment to protect the interests of students and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector more broadly.
Independent providers support approximately 7% of the 1.5 million students engaged in Australia’s higher education system.
The MoU ensures that the views of ITECA members will be taken into account as TEQSA goes about its decision making. Importantly, as TEQSA facilitates and ensures compliance against the Higher Education Standards Framework 2015, the MoU ensures that TEQSA and ITECA will work collaboratively together, for the benefit of ITECA members, in identifying emerging trends across the sector and support providers to meet compliance obligations.
The signing of this MoU also comes at an important time in TEQSA’s evolution towards an agency that is fully funded through cost-recovery. Although ITECA does not support full cost-recovery as a matter of principle and continues to put this view strongly to Government, it is recognised that for TEQSA this is an Australian Government policy decision and not a decision of TEQSA itself. The MoU also allows the two organisations to work together to ensure that these new cost recovery fees and charges will be well communicated to and thoroughly understood by all independent providers. Through the MoU, ITECA will work cooperatively with TEQSA to ensure there is the appropriate level of transparency and accountability associated with these new arrangements, delivering something that ITECA members expect.
ITECA members are united, informed and influential. The MoU strengthens the voice of our members with the higher education regulator.
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 Reference Committee.
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