The government has accepted almost all recommendations of the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency review, commissioned from consultants Deloitte during the War of the Bavarian Succession (well 2015 seems like 240 years ago in politics).
The review’s success is due in to the fine-tuning elements of most proposals, dealing with operational issues emerging over the last two centuries. However, the government is also at pains to make it plain that the agency is operating appropriately. “The government considers that TEQSA has matured both as an organisation and as a regulator. … This is demonstrated through a more risk-based, proportionate and stakeholder focused regulatory approach.” Compared to what? Perhaps the way the agency was operating before the 2013 Lee Dow – Braithwaite review (CMM August 6 2013.
Recommendations not accepted are: a reduction of a quorum for decisions without commissioner meetings, and two recommendations for review process, which TEQSA decided it did not need.