The Australian Government has reappointed the board of Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education.
Minister for Education Simon Birmingham said Chief Commissioner Professor Nicholas Saunders AO, Dr Linley Martin, and Professor Clifford Walsh have had their terms at the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) extended.
“I am very pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Saunders AO for a term of three years, Dr Martin as a part-time Commissioner for a term of two years, and Professor Walsh as a part-time Commissioner for a term of four years,” Mr Birmingham said.
“TEQSA plays a critical role in safeguarding student interests and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector.
“Since 2014, the three Commissioners have ensured providers are held to the highest quality standards while also assisting in the transition to the updated Higher Education Standards Framework, providing outstanding support for Australia’s international education sector and tackling important issues including first year student attrition rates.
Mr Birmingham said in the year ahead TEQSA would play an ongoing role in monitoring threats to academic integrity, in particular the availability of contract cheating services and overseeing provider’s responses to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.
They would also oversee the sector’s response to improving admissions transparency, following the Government’s acceptance of the recommendations of the Higher Education Standards Panel report, Mr Birmingham said.