Chief Executive Officer

Melbourne, Australia
24 Mar 2020
End of advertisement period
16 Apr 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) is Australia’s independent national quality assurance and regulatory agency for higher education. TEQSA’s role is to ensure that quality standards are being met by all higher education providers so that the interests of students and the reputation of Australia’s higher education sector are promoted and protected.  Further information on TEQSA can be found at 

TEQSA is seeking to appoint an outstanding leader as its Chief Executive Officer. The CEO will provide strategic leadership and vision, and the ethical, effective and efficient management of TEQSA’s large and complex operations. Duties include leadership of the Agency, driving efficient and effective business processes, delivering timely regulatory assessments, and being a recognised authoritative voice on quality assurance and regulation of Australia’s higher education sector.

The key duties of the position include:

The CEO will need to cultivate an effective relationship with the Minister’s Office; provide advice to the Minister on matters relating to the quality and regulation of Australia’s higher education sector in an international context; and foster strategic relationships with key stakeholders including higher education peak bodies, Office of Best Practice Regulation, the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the Productivity Commission, the Department of Education, Skills and Employment and other government agencies.

This significant leadership appointment requires an individual who is highly regarded for their sectoral and regulatory knowledge; who possesses a respected professional profile, political nous and gravitas; and who demonstrates sound leadership, management, interpersonal and communication skills. It is expected that candidates will offer the skills and capabilities to shape strategic thinking; deliver results; cultivate productive working relationships; and communicate with influence and impact. 

Eligibility This full-time statutory appointment is based in Melbourne.

The successful applicant must obtain and maintain an Australian Government Security Clearance to Negative Vetting level 1 status.


For further information or to obtain the Information for Candidates pack, please contact Paul Hill on +61 (3) 8375 7424 or +61 (0)407 766 756 at Odgers Berndtson, the consultants advising the Agency.

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