The higher education legislative framework was amended in August 2008 to implement the revised National Protocols for Higher Education Approval Processes. The Minister for Education and Training remains the decision-maker.
Under the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2008 and the Higher Education (General Provisions) Regulation 2008, the Minister for Education and Training is responsible for approving new universities, approving the operation of overseas institutions in Queensland, approving the operation of self-accrediting higher education institutions, registering non-self-accrediting higher education institutions, and accrediting their courses.
For an outline of the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2008
Approving new universities
In 2008-09, no applications for establishing a university in Queensland were received, although one new enquiry regarding the legislative requirements and processes for becoming a university was received.
Authorising overseas institutions to operate in Queensland
Under the Act, overseas institutions may not operate in Queensland without the Minister's approval.
In 2008-09, no applications from overseas institutions for approval to operate in Queensland were received, although one enquiry was received.
Accrediting higher education courses
During 2008-09, the Minister registered and re-registered four non-self-accrediting higher education institutions, all of which were interstate institutions.
The Minister also accredited or re-accredited 25 higher education courses offered by 10 non-self-accrediting higher education institutions, 12 of which were offered by interstate institutions.
As at 30 June 2009, a total of 26 non-self-accrediting higher education institutions offered 172 approved higher education courses in Queensland.
For detailed information see courses accredited by the Minister for Education and Training
Protection of the title 'university' and higher education award titles
The Act restricts the use of the title 'university' and has strict requirements about the offering of higher education courses and conferring of higher education awards. Institutions established as universities in Queensland and elsewhere in Australia are authorised to use that title, accredit their own courses and confer higher education awards. Institutions known as self-accrediting institutions, are authorised to accredit their own courses and confer higher education awards, but not to use the title 'university'. All other institutions offering higher education courses and conferring higher education awards must be approved by the Minister under the Act. Universities and registered self-accrediting and non-self-accrediting higher education institutions operating in Queensland are listed in the following table.
It is an offence under the Act for a person to operate, or hold out that they operate, a university, unless the university is established or recognised under an Act. The Act also creates offences where higher education courses are offered and awards are conferred outside of the requirements of the Act. Three alleged breaches of the Act were investigated in 2008-09. All three investigations resulted in the providers ceasing to advertise unauthorised awards in Queensland.There were no outstanding alleged breaches under further investigation as at 30 June 2009.
- Australian Catholic University (Queensland)
- Bond University (private)
- Central Queensland University
- Griffith University
- James Cook University
- Queensland University of Technology
- The University of Queensland
- University of Southern Queensland
- University of the Sunshine Coast
- Australian College of Applied Psychology
- Australian College of Theology
- Australian Institute of Management
- Australian Institute of Professional Counsellors
- Brisbane College of Theology
- Carrick Higher Education
- Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd
- Christian Heritage College
- College of Law, The
- College of Nursing, The
- Endeavour College of Natural Health
- Gestalt Therapy Brisbane Pty Ltd
- Holmes Institute
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
- Institute of Technology Australia
- JMC Academy, The
- Kaplan Professional
- Melbourne Institute for Experiential and Creative Arts Therapy (MIECAT)
- Qantm College
- Queensland Institute of Business and Technology
- Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
- Sarina Russo Schools Australia
- Shafston Institute of Technology
- Southbank Institute of Technology
- Study Group Australia
- Sydney College of Divinity
Higher education courses accredited by the Minister for Education and Training July 2008 - June 2009
|Non-university provider||Accredited to||Course name|
|Carrick Higher Education||07/11/2012||Bachelor of Business (Hospitality and Tourism Management)|
|Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd||07/09/2013||Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance|
|Christian Heritage College||31/12/2010||*Graduate Certificate in TESOL|
|31/12/2010||*Graduate Diploma in TESOL|
|31/12/2013||*Associate Degree in Business|
|31/12/2013||*Bachelor of Business|
|31/12/2013||*Diploma of Business|
|31/12/2013||*Graduate Certificate in Management|
|31/12/2013||*Graduate Diploma in Management|
|College of Law, The||14/12/2012||*Graduate Certificate in Applied Law (Family Law)|
|14/12/2012||*Graduate Diploma of Applied Law (Family Law)|
|14/12/2012||*Master of Applied Law (Family Law)|
|Gestalt Therapy Brisbane Pty Ltd||31/12/2013||*Graduate Certificate in Gestalt Therapy|
|31/12/2013||*Master of Gestalt Therapy|
|Holmes Institute||08/12/2013||Bachelor of Business|
|31/05/2011||Bachelor of Professional Accounting|
|Kaplan Professional||30/12/2012||*Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance|
|30/12/2012||*Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance|
|30/12/2012||*Master of Applied Finance|
|Qantm College||31/12/2010||*Bachelor of Applied Multimedia|
|31/12/2013||*Bachelor of Creative Media|
|31/12/2013||*Bachelor of Interactive Entertainment|
|Queensland Institute of Business and Technology||30/06/2014||Diploma of Hotel Management|
|Study Group Australia||31/10/2013||Diploma of Business|
|31/10/2013||Diploma of Information Technology|
*Decided under the repealed Act and transferred to the current Act.
Non-self-accrediting higher education institutions registered by the Minister for Education and Training July 2008 - June 2009
|Carrick Higher Education||07/11/2012|
|Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd||07/09/2013|
|Study Group Australia||31/10/2013|