Education and Training
The Higher Education Standards Panel (the Panel) is an expert Advisory Body established under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act 2011). The Panel has been established to provide independent advice to the Commonwealth Minister(s) responsible for tertiary education and research. The Panel's work is independent of the quality assurance agency, the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). On the 17 February 2015, the Minister for Education and Training announced the merger of the TEQSA Advisory Council and the Higher Education Standards Panel, and the disbanding of the Council. The Higher Education Standards Panel (the Panel) will advise and make recommendations to the Minister and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) on the making, varying and other matters related to the Higher Education Standards Framework. The Panel will also advise and make recommendations on effective arrangements to support the operation of the Higher Education Standards Framework that minimise regulatory intervention in Australian higher education, while ensuring accountability for quality. In carrying out its functions the Panel will: - work with TEQSA to review: - its strategic objectives and plans, performance against these plans, reform agenda and resourcing requirements - its approach to its core activities of provider registration and course accreditation, including its application of the principles of risk, necessity and proportionality to different types and categories of higher education providers - its processes and decision-making timeframes for its key activities of provider registration and course accreditation - its risk framework and its application - advise and make recommendations to the Minister on ways to shape and implement higher education reforms relating to the Higher Education Standards Framework: - consistent with streamlining and deregulation - consistent with effective market monitoring and data reporting in higher education

Further information

  • Type of Body

    E. Statutory Office Holder Offices and Committees

  • Established By / Under

    Act / Regulation

  • Established By/Under More info

    Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011

  • Paid Members?

    Yes

  • Max No. of Board/Committee Members

    11

  • Annual Report Prepared and tabled?

    No, but noted in parent's annual report

  • Classification

    B. Secondary

  • Function Categorization

    Advisory Board

  • Creation Date

    2 July 2011

Current board appointments

Position Appointee Start Date End Date
Chair Prof. Peter Shergold AC 1 February 2016 31 January 2018
Member Dr. Krystal Evans 1 February 2016 31 January 2018
Member Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO 1 February 2016 31 January 2018
Member Prof. Greg Craven 1 February 2016 31 January 2018
Member Ms. Karen Thomas 1 February 2016 31 January 2018
Member The Hon. Phil Honeywood 1 February 2016 31 January 2018
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