AUQA Quality Audits
The Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA) operated from 2000-2011 as an independent, not-for-profit, national agency established to promote, audit, and report on quality assurance in Australian higher education. During its operation, AUQA conducted two quality audits of the University of Wollongong; the first in May 2005 (cycle 1) and the second in March 2011 (cycle 2).
2005 Audit of UOW
The 2005 audit was a whole-of-institution audit. The AUQA audit report was publicly released in March 2006. Following its release, six UOW practices were included in AUQA's Good Practice Database. The report included:
- 13 Commendations - relating to commendable practices
- 5 Affirmations - areas identified by UOW in its portfolio as requiring attention
- 13 Recommendations - areas AUQA believed required improvement
- AUQA's Report of its Audit of UOW (PDF Download 265kb)
- 1 Year Report on actions taken by UOW in response to audit report (PDF Download 105kb)
2011 Audit of UOW
AUQA audited UOW again in March 2011 and its audit report was publicly released in July 2011. This audit focused on two key thematic areas: (1) enabling undergraduate learning and (2) international activities; as well as a review of progress on areas for improvement identified in the previous audit. The report included:
- 15 Commendations - relating to commendable practices
- 12 Affirmations - areas identified by UOW in its portfolio as requiring attention
- 8 Recommendations - areas AUQA believed required improvement
- AUQA's Report of its Audit of UOW (PDF Download 527kb)
Good practice examples from university audits conducted by AUQA can be accessed via http://www.teqsa.gov.au.
Australian higher education quality assessments are now undertaken by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).