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DEEWR National Quality Standards News

DEEWR National Quality Standards News

Minister announces key Higher Education and VET appointments

Federal Education Employment and Workplace Relations Minister, Simon Crean, today announced the appointment of four Interim positions to help set up a national system of quality assurance and regulation in the higher education and VET sectors.

Interim Chairs and Interim CEOs have been appointed to the new Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the new National VET Regulator.

Set up in response to the Review of Australian Higher Education, TEQSA’s primary task will be to ensure that students receive a high-quality education from all Australian higher education providers.

TEQSA will register higher education providers, evaluate their performance, protect the quality of international education and streamline current regulatory arrangements.

Professor Denise Bradley AC has been appointed Interim Chair of TEQSA. Professor Bradley has an extensive involvement in national education policy groups for more than 20 years, including as Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia, and as Chair of the
recent Review of Australian Higher Education.

Mr Ian Hawke has been appointed Interim CEO of TEQSA. Mr Hawke is an experienced regulator across the higher education and VET sectors and has been closely involved in negotiations on the models for the National VET Regulator and TEQSA.

The introduction of the National VET Regulator is a key initiative to improve the quality of VET as part of the Skills for Sustainable Growth package announced in the 2010-11 Federal Budget.

The Ministerial Council for Tertiary Education and Employment last month agreed in principle to an intergovernmental agreement and to drafting instructions for the legislation to establish the regulator.

Ms Kaye Schofield has been appointed Interim Chair of the National VET Regulator. Ms Schofield has decades of experience in the VET sector and senior positions in the New South Wales and South Australian Governments.

Mr John Smyth has been appointed Interim CEO of the National VET Regulator. Mr Smyth’s extensive experience in senior roles in the VET sector, including his current role as Secretary of the Tasmanian Department of Education.

Permanent appointments will be made following the passage of the legislation establishing the new organisations. ACPET will make arrangements to meet with the regulators and well keep members informed as the formation of TEQSA and the National VET Regulator continue to proceed.

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