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Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Australian Higher Education

Published On: 16 Jul 2012 | Last Updated On: 17 Jul 2014

The Australian education department is committed to provide quality education to its international students. With this being the aim, a set of educational laws are grouped under the Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 by the Australian Government.

The Australian Qualifications Framework:

Under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF), the value of the Australian degree or any other education qualifications will not change anywhere in the world. This is because all the Australian education qualifications are included under the AQF.  If you are studying an AQF qualification, you can be sure that your institution is government authorized and nationally accredited ad that your degree or other AQF qualification will be genuine.

AQF allows for choice and flexibility in career planning as all the work based qualifications and academic qualifications are part of a single system, allowing maximum flexibility in career planning and continuous learning. The AQF makes it easy for overseas governments to recognize your qualification.

Education Services for Overseas students:

The Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2000 was introduced by the Australian government in 2010. As per the ESOS Act, institutions should meet the registration criteria laid by the act in order to enroll international students.  The Commonwealth Register of Institutions and courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) lists out all the registered institutions in Australia.

The ESOS framework also ensures that students have access to tuition assurance (which acts like consumer protection) and that they can get appropriate refunds. As well as enhancing Australia’s quality education and training services, ESOS supports Australia’s migration laws as they relate to international students.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency:

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) was established by the Australian Government in 2010.This body will oversee the developments of the educational institutes to protect the quality of Australian education. The regulatory functions of ESOS will transfer to TEQSA by 2013. Quality assurance methods adopted by the Australian government is one of the key factors attracting large number of Indian students.

TEQSA regulates providers of higher education in Australia. We do this under legislation  aimed at protecting the interests of Australian domestic students studying in Australia and overseas, as well as international students studying in Australia.

Two of the objects of the TEQSA Act make clear that TEQSA must:

· Protect students undertaking, or proposing to undertake higher education by requiring the provision of quality higher education.

· Ensure that students undertaking, or proposing to undertake higher education in Australia, or with Australian higher education providers overseas, have access to information relating to their experience.

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