The Higher Education Standards Framework (the Framework) is established by section 58 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act 2011). Together with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, the HES Framework is the definitive set of requirements for Australian higher education providers (TEQSA, 2018).

These Standards represent the minimum acceptable requirements for the provision of higher education in or from Australia by higher education providers registered.

We assist new applicants with development and implementation of project plan (commencement), strategic and business plans, corporate and governance frameworks, policy frameworks, establishment of the required processes, and other requirements under the HES Framework. See below for details.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) regulates and assures the quality of Australia’s higher education sector.

We assist in application to register as a higher education provider and accreditation of higher education courses with TEQSA. Our network of current and former university academics, higher education governance experts and senior executives provides the required guidance for a range of activities including quality reviews, development of robust governance and corporate structures, academic oversight, policy development, curriculum development, and high-level planning activities.

We bring our deal-sector experience and expertise together to assist institutions which are planning to establish themselves as both VET and Higher Education providers.

More information in: Higher Education Consultancy

The Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF) encompasses two major components of governance - corporate governance and academic governance. As per TEQSA (2017), the centrepiece of corporate governance is a formally constituted governing body (e.g. a board of governance) that is collectively accountable for the governance and performance of the entity overall, including, in the case of registered higher education providers, meeting and continuing to meet the requirements of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework).

Academic governance is the framework of policies, structures, relationships, systems and processes that collectively provide leadership to and oversight of a higher education provider’s academic activities (teaching, learning and scholarship, and research and research training if applicable) at an institutional level.

How providers, in particular dual-sector providers, constitute, structure, and empower the governing bodies is critical for TEQSA's risk and quality assessment.

Establishing the right governance structure is the key step towards registration as a higher education provider.

For more information, visit; Governance Framework

There a mix of Higher Education Providers (HEPs) that are also VET providers (dual-sector). While there has been an ongoing debate - and the challenge to maintain distinct cultures for both within one institution - a dual-sector strategy can be advantageous for VET providers who have considerable number of graduates end of each term. It is a very viable idea to pathway VET students to your own higher education courses than sending them elsewhere. However, the HESF and TEQSA put a great emphasis on providers being able to effectively maintain governance, operational, quality, students support and learning strategies dealing with both the sectors under one roof.

We assist with development and implementation of strategies and structures for an effective dual-sector management.

For more information, visit; Dual-Sector Strategy

Under guidance and oversight of our highly professional academic network, we have developed resources for a quality-based HE management, in compliance with the new Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF).

More information in; Higher Education Documentation

We conduct higher education reviews - an audit conducted under Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF) - with a comprehensive report provided on the gaps and strategies to mitigate potential risks across all the academic and business areas.

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