A new agreement between the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) signals a renewed commitment to cooperate on
issues that protect student interests and the reputation of Australia’s independent higher education
TEQSA is Australia’s independent national qua lity assurance and regulatory agency for higher education.
and ITECA is the peak body representing independent providers in the higher education, vocational
education, training and skills sectors. Of the 1.5 million students in higher education, nearly 10 % are with
independent higher education providers.
“Independent providers are a valued component of the higher education sector and have a track -record
of delivering great outcomes for students. This new memorandum of understanding with ITECA
strengthens our positive engagement with independent providers and allows TEQSA to work to identify
emerging trends in the sector and respond as appropriate,” said Anthony McClaran, TEQSA Chief
TEQSA and ITECA have enjoyed a long -standing collaborat ive relationship which is underpinned by a
shared interest in supporting independent higher education providers’ commitment to quality.
“The open engagement that we have with TEQSA, underpinned by this agreement, ensures that our
members’ views are fully c onsidered as the regulator undertakes its compliance activity. As challenges
arise in the sector, TEQSA and ITECA can collaborate on the best way to support independent higher
education providers,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.