TEQSA regulates higher education providers against the TEQSA Act, and, for the providers that also offer courses to students in Australia on a student visa, against the Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 (ESOS Act). Taken together, the legislative frameworks of these Acts incorporate the following quality standards:
- the Higher Education Standards Framework (Threshold Standards) 2015 (HES Framework)
- the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2018 (National Code)
- the Foundation Program Standards (Foundation Standards)
- the ELICOS Standards 2018 (ELICOS Standards).
In addition, the agency has responsibilities under several other Acts and Rules. See Appendix A: Legislative Framework for more information about these responsibilities.