The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) empowers independent higher education providers to drive policy changes not only at a state and territory level but also nationally. If you’re interested in shaping government policy and shaping the future of the sector, it’s time to get involved.

ITECA is respected by Ministers, Shadow Ministers, and senior departmental staff as an authoritative source of policy advice. This is because your views, and the views of others that manage independent higher education providers, are put to government in a collaborative way that government can use to drive positive reform.


Higher education advocacy —
Pursuing with success a member-driven reform agenda


The location of the ITECA national office in Canberra allows ITECA’s policy team to take the views and experiences of independent higher education providers and ensure that politicians and senior departmental staff use these in crafting the case for change.


Higher education advocacy —
Collaborative engagement at the highest levels of government


ITECA's policy team works on a daily basis to introduce members to Ministers, senior members of the Opposition, and the leadership of the Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE), the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) plus other key departments and agencies.


Higher education advocacy —
A strong voice that elevates the role of independent providers


ITECA is a strong advocate for student choice, ensuring that government policy allows students to study with the independent higher education provider of their choice. Allied to this work is member-driven advocacy to work with regulators to cut the red tape burden.


Higher education advocacy —
Progressing key issues important to the sector


With the great support of members, ITECA’s focus is on reducing the compliance burden on providers that operate in both the higher education and vocational training sectors, plus ensuring government better integrates student loans and funding models.

A formal Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between TEQSA and ITECA establishes formal consultative arrangements between the two bodies and, in so doing, recognises ITECA, the peak body representing independent providers in the tertiary education sector.  The MoU  reflects the shared commitment of TEQSA and ITECA to protect the interests of students and the reputation of Australia's higher education sector more broadly.

ITECA’s approach to policy advocacy is all about empowering members with the influence to drive reform. The guidance of members is coupled with the expertise of ITECA staff that are policy specialists in student funding models, higher education regulation and international education issues.


Get Involved —
Take the next step to empower your team


ITECA TEQSA Regulated Provider Interest Group
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If you have any questions about joining, contact the ITECA membership team via email at [email protected] or by telephone on 1300 421 017.

Take the next step and play an active role within a growing community of independent higher education providers that share your commitment to excellence and want to drive positive reform.

ITECA Membership – It’s a great time to get involved.



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