External Quality Audits

TEQSA registers and evaluates the performance of higher education providers against the new Higher Education Standards Framework.  The Standards Framework comprises five domains: Provider Standards, Qualification Standards, Teaching and Learning Standards, Information Standards and Research Standards. The Provider Standards and Qualifications Standards are collectively the Threshold Standards which all providers must meet in order to enter and remain within Australia’s higher education system.   TEQSA undertakes both compliance assessments and quality assessments.

For more information about the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency see the TEQSA web page.

TEQSA has subsumed the responsibilities and functions of the former Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA).  Click here for AQUA archive.

The University of Notre Dame Australia’s first cycle AUQA quality audit took place in 2003 and the second cycle quality audit took place in 2008. ‘Quality audit’ is defined as ‘a systematic and independent examination to determine whether activities and related results comply with planned arrangements and whether these arrangements are implemented effectively and are suitable to achieve objectives’ (Standards Australia & Standards New Zealand Joint Technical Committee QR/7 1994). This definition was adopted by AUQA as the foundation of its approach to audit.


Useful Link: Good Practice Database
This database contains Good Practices in higher education, which have been independently validated through national or state systems for audit or accreditation.

Contact details for further information:
Further questions in relation to TEQSA and AUQA Audits at Notre Dame can be directed to the Quality Management and Academic Development Office of each Campus.