New Category for Independent Higher Education Providers

The peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational education.

training and skills sectors, the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), has
welcomed the Review of Australia’s Higher Education Provider Cate gory Standards by Emeritus
Professor Peter Coaldrake AO released by Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan MP yesterday.

The Review includes the recommendation put forward by ITECA in 2018 that the current single
category covering all 130+ higher education providers which are not universities, be split into two. A
new category titled ‘National Institute of Higher Education’ will be created for the highest
performing higher education provider s which are not universities.

“This significant change based on ITECA’s submission to the government is a win for independent
higher education providers. The additional category supports and acknowledge s those providers that
are innovative and achieve add itional requirements in higher education,” said Mr Troy Williams.

ITECA Chief Executive.

The additional category will make it easier for independent higher education providers to meet their
registration requirements and innovate to grow their business and meet student, employer and
industry needs.

The Review, first announced in 2017, involved direct consultation with ITECA. With the active
support of independent higher education members, ITECA tendered a submission that was student –
centric. It reflected the commitment of ITECA members to providing q uality outcomes where
individuals have access to learning opportunities and the capacity to select higher education
providers who can deliver the education that meets their needs.

There are currently more than 130 independent providers in the higher educa tion sector that
collectively support more than 140,000 students.

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