TEQSA Commissioner Appointed

Date —

3 June 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

The appointment of Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO as a Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) broadens the range of experience to the governance of the higher education sector’s regulator.

Key Issues —

The Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP, has appointed Emeritus Professor Peter Coaldrake AO as a Commissioner of TEQSA for a period of five years. 

Professor Coaldrake has extensive national and international experience in higher education and leadership, and his broad understanding of the issues before Australia’s higher education sector will serve both TEQSA and independent higher education providers well. He will be able to use his expertise to protect students and the reputation of the Australian higher education sector as the country works through the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has formally welcomed Professor Coaldrake’s appointment.

In October 2018, Professor Coaldrake was appointed by the Minister for Education to conduct a review into the Higher Education Provider Category Standards. This review was particularly important for independent higher education providers, and ITECA was involved in the consultation process. Professor Coaldrake’s experience in this review will be invaluable to the regulator’s strategic decision-making into the future. 

Professor Coaldrake will join existing TEQSA Commissioners Professor Nick Saunders AO, Emeritus Professor Joan Cooper, and Emeritus Professor Cliff Walsh. ITECA will continue its work with TEQSA to highlight the important work of independent higher education providers in the tertiary education sector, and to work towards regulatory reform that will provide quality outcomes for students, employers and education providers. 

Around 10% of the 1.5 million students in higher education are with independent providers.

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.

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.


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