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 was 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). The primary functions of the Panel are to advise and make recommendations to the Minister – either at the Minister’s request or the Panel’s own initiative on making, varying the Higher Education Standards Framework (the Standards); and other matters relating to the Standards. The Panel is responsible for advice on how to maintain the quality and standards of Australia’s higher education system. The Panel can also advise and make recommendations to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) on matters relating to the Standards – either at TEQSA’s request or the Panel’s own initiative. The Panel must consult interested parties in carrying out its work. If needed, the Panel can establish advisory committees to assist it in performing any of its functions. As part of an initial work plan for the three years 2018 to 2020, the Minister has asked the Panel to oversee a review of the higher education Provider Category Standards, work with TEQSA to further improve its regulatory approach, assess the effectiveness of the Higher Education Standards Framework for the regulation of overseas campuses of Australian institutions, consider whether credit transfer policies and standards in higher education are adequately meeting the needs of students and institutions, provide input to the Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework and identify other deregulatory opportunities 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. Ian O'Connor AC 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
Member Dr. Krystal Evans 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
Member Dr. Don Owers AM 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
Member Prof. Kent Anderson 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
Member Ms. Adrienne Nieuwenhuis 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
Member The Hon. Phil Honeywood 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
Member Ms. Sadie Heckenberg 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
Member Prof. Kerri-Lee Krause 26 March 2018 25 March 2021
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