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GRC Professional : GRC Winter 2012
16 GrC Professional • winter 2012 (TEQSA), formed under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, is now the regulatory body charged with oversight of compliance in achieving teaching and learning standards and has an important role in deter mining funding allocations based on a complex for mula that takes into account performance in previous audits across a range of indicators. The focus of TEQSA’s quality assurance framework for teaching and learning is increasingly student-centred, with an empha sis on demonst r able i ndicat or s of excel lence. The government’s 2009 Bradley Review into the higher education reg ulator y and quality assurance framework, which made key recom mend at ion s on which the present sy st em i s based, found that “the quality assurance framework is too focused on inputs and processes and does not give sufficient weight to assuring and demonstrating outcomes and standards.” As a result of the Bradley Review, from January 2012, TEQSA registers and evaluate s the per for m a nce of hig her education prov ider s against the new Higher Education Standards Framework. The Standards Framework comprises five domains: Provider Standards, Qualification Standards, Teaching and Lear ning Standards, Information Standards and Research Standards. The new auditing regime under TEQSA is yet to be rol led out, howe ver the prev ious AuQuA audit ing protocol s m ay provide some guidance as to what is to be expected and the associated compliance duties. Repor ting was undertaken on each university in rol ling cycles, with each audit recording progress against areas of concern identified in the previous audit, plus two ‘themes’. One of these was put forward by AuQuA depending on areas of strategic r isk identified in The importance of teaching and learning does not always receive equal recognition by peers, although it is becoming ever more important in recruitment and promotion. an effective compliance officer will understand this and support academic staff in improving skills and outcomes in this area. What skills do you need to work in tertiary compliance? Most positions call for an interest in higher education although experience in this sector is generally desirable rather than essential. You need: • a bachelor’s degree or equivalent relevant experience • project managements skills • high level of organisational ability and attention to detail • ability to interpret and advise on complex legislation and policy, and prepare process and policy documentation • data gathering, analysis and reporting proficiency • fantastic interpersonal skills and the ability to negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders. IN DEPTH
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