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Collaborative Relationships Between Business & Regulators

Monday, February 11 2019

ACPET National Monday Update – 11 Feb 2019
Troy Williams, ACPET Chief Executive Officer

In an environment in which the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is currently responding to around a dozen requests from the Australian Government to provide advice and guidance, it’s an opportune time to consider ACPET’s approach to engagement with two key stakeholders.  Naturally, I’m referring to the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA).

Given ACPET’s role as the peak representative body for independent providers in the higher education plus vocational education and training (VET) sectors, the engagement with both TEQSA and ASQA, is broad ranging.  It’s underpinned by the commitment of the ACPET membership, TEQSA and ASQA to creating an environment in which independent providers can provide students and business with the quality outcomes that they are looking for.  Naturally, there are differing views as to how we achieve this, not just between each organisation but also within the constituencies they serve.

In the twenty years I’ve been working on behalf of business to achieve policy reform I’ve encountered one recurring characteristic amongst effective regulators.  This is their ability to appreciate that resistance on the part of business to a policy serves as an opening to learn how to improve regulatory design.  In that context the role of ACPET is clear, it’s to act as a bridge between TEQSA, ASQA and independent providers in the higher education and VET sectors.

It’s therefore pleasing that ACPET’s providing the opportunity for the independent sector to meet with the TEQSA Chief Commissioner and the ASQA Chief Commissioner (and others) to understand their regulatory priorities for the coming year.  This is a great opportunity to hear from two key stakeholders so come along:

ACPET is working to build the collaborative relationships that gives our members an understanding of the expectations of TEQSA and ASQA so that these can be met.  Similarly, we’re providing TEQSA and ASQA with the chance to meet – on an ongoing basis – with the ACPET membership so that the real challenges that independent providers face can be understood, and the regulatory system improved in a way that cuts red-tape while preserving outcomes.

These meetings are the first instalment of the ACPET Quarterly Sector Briefings to be held nationally.  They are an outcome of the 2019-20 ACPET Member Engagement Strategy which is based upon the understanding that ACPET provides leadership, strategy, advocacy and support. Our members set our agenda, fund our activities and directly benefit from the results.

Troy Williams FIML MAICD
ACPET Chief Executive
Twitter: @TroyWilliamsAus


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