Defining Third Party Arrangements
The University of Tasmania has endorsed the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency's (TEQSA) definition of third party, agent or partner arrangements, as follows:
Third party, agent or partner arrangements – means where a higher education provider has, or intends to have, any aspect of its higher education services in relation to its course(s) of study carried out on its behalf through a partner, agent or third party arrangement. A third party, agent or partner arrangement may include, for example: partnerships with other institutions, higher education providers, or entities; the formation of joint ventures or special purpose companies; sub-contracting of services; or franchising arrangements. An information sheet on TEQSA’s regulation of third party arrangements is at: http://www.teqsa.gov.au/sites/default/files/InfosheetTPA.pdf
Entering into a Third Party Arrangement
- All Third Party Arrangements at the University of Tasmania should be accompanied by either a legally binding contract, available through Legal Services, or a Memorandum of Understanding.
- A Third Party Arrangements Checklist has been developed to assist in the quality assurance of Third Party Arrangements.
- It is important that all third parties who enter into an academic or research related arrangement with the University of Tasmania have an understanding of what constitutes Academic and Research Integrity.
- Impact Statements may need to be completed if the new or revised Third Party Arrangement that is being quality assured impacts on other organisational units. For more information go to the Library Impact Statement, the Information Technology Services Impact Statement or the Student Operations Impact Statement.
- A Business Case should also be included in the documentation for all new or revised Third Party Arrangements that require unit or course approval.
- Where the Third Party Arrangement involves a recognised articulation agreement with another provider, it is our responsibility to ensure that articulating students have every opportunity to meet the learning outcomes of the course in which they enrol. This requires due diligence in terms of assessing the program of the partner provider to ensure that students are well-prepared to articulate into the University of Tasmania course, including meeting any specific entry requirements that are applicable to the course. In addition, course mapping should be completed as per example provided. Articulation agreements are approved by the University Course and Unit Proposals Committee. Articulation arrangements that accompany a new course proposal require approval by Academic Senate. Articulation arrangements should be monitored and reviewed as part of the normal course monitoring and review cycle.
Storing, Monitoring and Reviewing Details of Third Party Arrangements
Details of all Third Party Arrangements at the University of Tasmania are stored in a central repository. Centrally stored data informs the Third Party Arrangements Register which is used for the purpose of monitoring the annual review of all Third Party Arrangements. Please send the following details in relation to any new or revised Third Party Arrangement to DVC.Secretariat@utas.edu.au to be included on the register:
- Name of Faculty/Institute/Division
- Name of Third Party
- Type of Third Party Arrangement (see options)
- Date of expiry of agreement.