The Australian Government will provide $3.9 million a year to maintain a new higher education integrity unit that will sit within the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
Key Issues —
An integrity unit will be created to work with the higher education sector to protect the interests of students and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector.
The unit will identify and analyse emerging threats and assist the sector to address them, in areas such as academic and research integrity, cyber security, foreign interference and admission standards.
The unit will seek Federal Court injunctions to block access to cheating websites under the Prohibiting Academic Cheating Services Bill (2019), once this legislation is passed.
Where required, the integrity unit will liaise and consult with other Commonwealth and state government agencies such as the Australian Federal Police, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions, the Cyber Security Centre, Department of Home Affairs and the Commonwealth Fraud Prevention Centre (CFPC).
The formation of the new TEQSA integrity unity is considered important to the independent higher education sector which has a world-class reputation that needs to be protected. The integrity unit will ensure that universities continue to focus on the student experience and maintain the highest levels of quality.
The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) supports this initiative in the context of the important role that independent higher education providers play in educating job-ready Australians to power our post-COVID economic recovery.
Independent providers support around 10% of the 1.5 million students in higher education nationwide.
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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