Last week the Minister of Education for Australia, Christopher Pyne, announced that the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) Advisory Council will be established. The group, reporting to the Minister, will be responsible for ensuring that recommendations to reduce University red tape are carried out.

The forming of this council is part of the larger plans by the government to lighten regulation within the education sector as is takes on board the 27 recommendations by reports commissioned to look into the state of the national higher education sector.

The Deputy Chief Executive of Universities Australia, Greg Evans, said that they are looking forward to “working with the council to further the twin aims of maintaining the high quality education offered by the sector and making sure it is not subject to unnecessary and costly regulation”.

This indicates that there will be some considerable benefits for International students who are looking at Australia as a possible destination for their studies. We are likely to not only see the continual improvement in education offered in Australia but also a potential improved and faster process for course applications and visa’s.

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