The higher education sector in the State of Queensland, Australia, comprises a diverse range of universities and other providers operating in communities across the state.
These higher education institutions:
Nine universities in Queensland teach over 215,000 students and employ 20,000 staff on 28 campuses.
Non self-accrediting higher education institutions and overseas institutions operate in Queensland, teaching over 6000 students. A small number of interstate universities also offer courses.
Higher education in Queensland operates under a national quality framework that includes:
This framework aims to ensure higher education in Australia is of a consistently high quality, comparable in standard to anywhere in the world and its graduates are competitive internationally.
Universities are established under individual state legislation and are subject to oversight by both State and Commonwealth governments. They are authorised to accredit and offer their own higher education courses and confer awards.
In keeping with the national framework, Queensland legislation regulates:
Higher education offered by institutions other than universities is subject to authorisation by the state. The accreditation process is designed to ensure that higher education courses offered by non self-accrediting higher education institutions are comparable in requirements and learning outcomes to courses at the same level in a similar field at Australian universities.
This page was last reviewed on 05 Sep 2011