As you know, the ACC has sought review of TEQSA’s decision not to register ACC as a higher education provider and not to accredit ACC’s Bachelor of Chiropractic under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011 (TEQSA Act) in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
On 11 September 2018, we had the first conference with TEQSA and the AAT. At the first conference, ACC sought directions for an early conciliation, in an effort to have the review of TEQSA’s decision resolved at conciliation rather than proceeding to a contested hearing before the AAT. TEQSA did not oppose those directions and has been cooperative in preparing for a productive conciliation conference. The conciliation conference has been set down for 11 December 2018.
If a resolution can be reached at conciliation (for example, registration with conditions), ACC will (with TEQSA’s agreement) put consent orders before the Tribunal to give effect to any agreement between ACC and TEQSA.
If a resolution cannot be agreed between ACC and TEQSA, directions would need to be agreed to prepare the matter for hearing before the AAT.
I look forward to updating you all after the conciliation conference in December.