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Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011

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2010-2011

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011

 

 

(1)     Clause 4, page 5 (line 6), after “regulated higher education awards.”, insert “Some providers (including Australian universities registered in the Australian university provider category) are authorised to self-accredit their courses of study.”.

[self-accreditation]

(2)     Clause 4, page 5 (lines 9 to 11), omit “TEQSA is also responsible for ensuring that higher education provided in Australia, or by Australian providers, meets the Higher Education Standards Framework.”, substitute “TEQSA regulates higher education using principles relating to regulatory necessity, risk and proportionality, and using a standards-based quality framework.”.

[changes to simplified outline]

(3)     Clause 4, page 5 (line 12), omit “That Framework”, substitute “That quality framework”.

[changes to simplified outline]

(4)     Clause  5 , page 11 (line 2) , omit “58(1)(e) or (h)”, substitute “ 58(1)(h) ”.

[other standards]

(5)     Clause  5 , page 15 (line 8) , omit “ Standards; ”, substitute “ Standards. ”.

[other standards]

(6)     Clause  5 , page 15 (line 9) , omit paragraph ( c ).

[other standards]

(7)     Clause  21 , page 23 (line 1) , omit “ 12 months ”, substitute “ 9 months ”.

[maximum period for TEQSA decisions]

(8)     Clause  21 , page 23 (line 11) , omit “ 12 months ”, substitute “ 9 months ”.

[maximum period for TEQSA decisions]

(9)     Heading to clause  33 , page 28 (line 19) , omit the heading, substitute:

33   Conditions about authority to self-accredit

TEQSA to consult about such conditions

[self-accreditation]

(10)   Clause  33 , page 28 (line 20) , omit “ This section ”, substitute “ Subsection (2) ”.

[self-accreditation]

(11)   Clause  33 , page 29 (after line 4) , at the end of the clause, add:

Consequences for accreditation if authority removed

             (4)  If:

                     (a)  a course of study is accredited by a registered higher education provider; and

                     (b)  a condition imposed under subsection 32(1) removes the provider’s authority to self-accredit the course of study;

the accreditation is cancelled when that removal takes effect.

Note:          The provider may apply to TEQSA for TEQSA to accredit the course of study under Part 4.

[self-accreditation]

(12)   Heading to Division  1 , page 36 (line 2) , omit the heading, substitute:

Division 1 Accrediting courses of study

[self-accreditation]

(13)   Clause  45 , page 36 (lines 3 to 6) , omit the clause, substitute:

45   Who can accredit courses of study

Australian universities can self-accredit courses of study

             (1)  Each registered higher education provider that:

                     (a)  is registered in the Australian university provider category; and

                     (b)  is:

                              (i)  established by or under, or recognised by, a law of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory; or

                             (ii)  registered as a company under Part 2A.2 of the Corporations Act 2001 ;

is authorised to self-accredit each course of study that leads to a higher education award that it offers or confers.

             (2)  However, this authority is subject to section 32 (about imposing conditions on a provider’s registration).

Note:          TEQSA may impose a condition restricting or removing the provider’s authority to self-accredit. TEQSA will need to consult (see section 33) and comply with the principles in Part 2 before doing so.

             (3)  Subsection (1) does not limit the registered higher education providers that may be authorised to self-accredit one or more courses of study.

TEQSA can accredit courses of study

             (4)  Divisions 2 to 4 of this Part apply to a registered higher education provider in relation to a course of study if the provider is not authorised to self-accredit the course of study.

[self-accreditation]

(14)   Clause  49 , page 38 (line 11) , omit “ 12 months ”, substitute “ 9 months ”.

[maximum period for TEQSA decisions]

(15)   Clause  49 , page 38 (line 21) , omit “ 12 months ”, substitute “ 9 months ”.

[maximum period for TEQSA decisions]

(16)   Clause  58 , page 44 (lines 12 and 13) , omit paragraph ( 1 )( e ).

[other standards]

(17)   Clause  58 , page 44 (line 19) , omit “(a) to (e)”, substitute “(a) to (d)”.

[other standards]

(18)   Clause  167 , page 115 (lines 13 and 14) , omit paragraph ( 2 )( a ), substitute:

                     (a)  ensure the Panel members collectively possess an appropriate balance of professional knowledge and demonstrated expertise, including in higher education and the development of quality standards; and

[appointing Panel members]

(19)   Clause  167 , page 115 (after line 18) , at the end of paragraph ( 2 )( b ), add:

                            (iii)  the staff of higher education providers; and

[appointing Panel members]

(20)   Clause 183, page 123 (table item dealing with decisions under section 38), omit “to refuse”.

[reviewing decisions changing provider registration category]