Murdoch University’s registration as an Australian university has been extended by TEQSA for another four years, until June 9, 2025.
Section 36 of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 was used to extend the contract (TEQSA Act).
This follows TEQSA’s 2020:
- Murdoch’s compliance with section 59 of the TEQSA Act was assessed, and
- Murdoch’s application to renew his registration on the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students was reviewed (CRICOS).
TEQSA decided on 9 June 2021, after reviewing the University’s registration renewal application, that Murdoch was at danger of failing to satisfy the applicable criteria of the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015.
These risks were related to:
- Governance (Standards 6.2.1 and 6.3.2), as well as the degree to which:
- Murdoch’s governing body has properly managed and reduced material risks identified in its operations. The Academic Council identifies, mitigates, and oversees material risks that influence Murdoch’s teaching and learning quality.
- Course review and improvement activities (Standard 5.3.4) and the extent to which Murdoch has established systematic benchmarking of student performance data across comparable courses.
TEQSA will provide Murdoch the option to take the required steps to address these risks through a voluntary commitment after considering whether to place conditions on the university’s registration.
TEQSA observed in making its judgment that Murdoch University had commissioned assessments to help it identify risks and potential future non-compliance and address them in a timely and effective way. These activities demonstrate Murdoch’s good commitment to continual development.
Murdoch’s voluntary pledge outlines the steps he plans to take to address the majority of the identified concerns. Murdoch University will also be able to show continuous improvements to its corporate and academic governance systems, as well as the monitoring, evaluation, and improvement of its courses, using this approach.
TEQSA issued this statement in light of the general public’s interest in the assessment’s topics. This declaration is provided in accordance with section 196 of the TEQSA Act.