Information about the Inquiry

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill(s) 2011

Information about the Inquiry

On 24 March 2011 the Senate jointly referred the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2011 and the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Bill 2011 for inquiry and report.

The Bill would establish TEQSA as a new national regulatory and quality assurance mechanism for Australian higher education. TEQSA would combine regulatory activity currently undertaken by states and territories with quality assurance activity performed by the Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA), reducing the number of federal, state and territory regulatory and quality assurance bodies from nine to one.

The Bills may be accessed at:
http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fs826%22

and

http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22legislation%2Fbillhome%2Fs825%22

Submissions should be received by 13 April 2011. The reporting date is 10 May 2011.

The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to eewr.sen@aph.gov.au as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details.

Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Notes to help you prepare your submission are available from the website at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/wit_sub/index.htm. Alternatively, the Committee Secretariat will be able to help you with your inquiries and can be contacted on telephone +61 2 6277 3521 or facsimile +61 2 6277 5706 or by email to eewr.sen@aph.gov.au.

Inquiries from hearing and speech impaired people should be directed to Parliament House TTY number 02 6277 7799. Adobe also provides tools at http://access.adobe.com/ for the blind and visually impaired to access PDF documents. If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

Once the Committee accepts your submission, it becomes a confidential Committee document and is protected by Parliamentary Privilege. You must not release your submission without the Committee's permission. If you do, it will not be protected by Parliamentary Privilege. At some stage during the inquiry, the Committee normally makes submissions public and places them on its website. Please indicate if you want your submission to be kept confidential.


For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone:+61 2 6277 3521
Fax:+61 2 6277 5706
Email:eewr.sen@aph.gov.au