The Federal Government has welcomed the passage of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency Bill 2011 that will see the formation of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).


TEQSA will act as a new national regulatory and quality assurance agency in the higher education sector.


“TEQSA will be a next generation regulator, providing the safeguards to ensure that the expansion of the sector which has resulted from the Gillard Government’s reforms and record investment does not come at the expense of quality,” Minister for Tertiary Education Senator Chris Evans said.


“TEQSA will play a pivotal role in ensuring the overall quality of our higher education system. It will replace existing current state and territory-based approaches, reducing the number of Australian regulatory and quality assurance bodies for higher education from nine to one.


 “It will see the foundations of the tertiary education system being based on quality, integrity and sustainability.


“The establishment of TEQSA is a significant reform that will underpin the move to a demand-driven higher education system.”


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