TEQSA (The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency)

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Standards Directorate

The Quality, Planning and Analytics Directorate works with the Academy and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic (Academic and Student Life) to ensure alignment with the requirements of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) regulates Australian education and training standards. All higher-education providers are expected to comply with the AQF, as it is part of TEQSA’s Threshold Standards.

JCU’s AQF Information Sheets have been prepared to clarify AQF compliance issues

Further details about TEQSA, the AQF and the Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) are below:


The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is an independent regulatory and quality agency for higher education in Australia. TEQSA’s primary goal is to ensure all Australian higher education providers offer students a high quality education. TEQSA registers providers and carries out evaluations of standards and performance against the Higher Education Standards Framework, which includes the Australian Qualifications Framework (see next section AQF).
TEQSA Act 2011 and TEQSA Threshold Standards Framework


About the AQF.
AQF – links to the 2nd edition, January 2013.
AQF Explanations – to assist with understanding the AQF.
JCU’s AQF implementation plan 2014
JCU’s AQF Implementation plan 2013


The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is an expert Advisory Body established under the TEQSA Act 2011. The Panel was established to provide independent advice to the Commonwealth Minister(s) responsible for tertiary education and research. The Panel reviewed the Threshold Standards between April and July2014.
HESP Communiques.
Details on the proposed revisions to the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) for 2015


Di Booker and Victor Korobacz from the AQF visited JCU on 24 September 2013. The presentation is available online (video 1hour 46 minutes) for those who were unable to attend.

The Director, Standards presented at JCU’s 2013 Teaching and Learning Conference. Her presentation outlined some of the changes experienced by academics in the regulatory environment. A pdf of the presentation is available. Other presentations in 2013 included:
Policy in Practice – subject outlines
Update for course coordinators

Professor Kerri-Lee Krause (UWS) visited JCU in May 2012. Her presentation was titled: You and the TEQSA Standards: What does it mean for you on Monday? [video 1 hr 16mins] and PPT. This workshop examined the TEQSA threshold standards as they relate to learning, teaching and curriculum design.

Mark Freeman visited JCU in August 2012 to share his experience of discipline learning standards in relation to the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Recording of presentation [81minutes]

Course Performance Reporting Processes and forms (log-in):


Glenn McMahon Glenn.Mcmahon@jcu.edu.au Phone: 07 4781 6527 

Related links

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011
National Register of Higher Education Providers
My University website