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Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Category Standards and Other Measures) Bill 2020

Education, Skills and Employment
Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Senate
Parliament no

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Amends the: Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 to: implement the recommendations of the Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards; implement an outstanding recommendation of the Review of the impact of the TEQSA Act on the higher education sector to refer to the Threshold Standards as a single unified framework; include reference to the new Australian Qualifications Framework qualification type ‘undergraduate certificate’ in the definition of ‘higher education award’; allow the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) to extend the period of a provider’s registration or course accreditation more than once; allow review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of a decision by TEQSA not to change the category in which a provider is registered; enable TEQSA to assume control of higher education student records from a registered higher education provider in the event the provider ceases operations; and protect the use of the word 'university' in Australian internet domain names; and Higher Education Support Act 2003 to confirm that higher education providers can use Indigenous student assistance grants to assist prospective, as well as existing, Indigenous students.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 02 Sep 2020
Second reading moved 02 Sep 2020
Second reading debate 12 Nov 2020
Second reading agreed to 12 Nov 2020
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 3 Government agreed to
12 Nov 2020
Third reading agreed to 12 Nov 2020
Introduced and read a first time 30 Nov 2020
Second reading moved 30 Nov 2020

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