Improving transparency and accountability

On 19 June 2020, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced the Job-ready Graduates Package. The package focuses the public investment in higher education on national priorities and ensures the system delivers for students, industry and the community.

Importantly, the package aims to deliver more job ready graduates in the disciplines and regions where they are needed most and help drive the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The package will provide for better arrangements of for university funding with targeted investment in areas of national priority, more opportunities for regional, rural and remote students, a better integrated tertiary system as well as improved transparency and accountability for the higher education sector. 

Establishing a Higher Education Integrity Unit

The Government is investing $10.2 million over the next four years to establish a Higher Education Integrity Unit within the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

The Integrity Unit will help higher education providers to address a range of emerging integrity threats. These include threats to admission standards and information, academic and research integrity, student safety, foreign interference, cyber security, fraud and corruption.

For more information on this measure see our frequently asked questions.

Providing students guaranteed access to their academic records from closed providers

The Government is allocating $2.0 million to enable the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to assume control of student records where a registered higher education provider ceases operations.

This will mean that current and former students from a higher education provider that closes down will be able to access their student records through TEQSA.

For more information on this measure see our frequently asked questions.

Extending transparency of higher education expenditure data collection

The Australian Government is extending the existing transparency in Higher Education Expenditure data collection until 2023-24. The data collection builds on the existing process that collects data on what universities spend to teach students in different disciplines. 

For more information on this measure see our frequently asked questions.

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