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Higher education institutions

Operation of the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2008

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.

For more information see universities and non-university providers of higher education courses operating in Queensland.

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.

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Queensland universities

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Queensland non-university providers

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Higher education courses accredited by the Minister for Education and Training

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

Institution Registered to
Carrick Higher Education 07/11/2012
Chartered Secretaries Australia Ltd 07/09/2013
Holmes Institute 08/12/2013
Study Group Australia 31/10/2013

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