New Third Party and Educational Partnerships policy

The new Third Party and Educational Partnerships policy and procedures have recently been approved. This policy seeks to ensure ACU students have safe and quality learning opportunities with our educational partners.

To ensure that our students have an excellent range of learning opportunities, educational partnerships are established with local and international organisations including academic institutions, Church, community, government and industry groups. The new Third Party and Educational Partnerships policy and procedures ensure these partnerships, including third party arrangements, are aligned to the mission and the strategy of the university and comply with relevant legislation including the Higher Education Standards (HES).

The policy and its associated procedure support a lifecycle approach to partnerships focusing on key areas such as due diligence, assessment of risk and risk treatment. Wide consultation occurred with key ACU stakeholders to confirm processes for the development of new partnerships and schedules for the review of existing arrangements within work units.

The policy is designed to support staff in navigating these educational arrangements and provides guidance on the university-wide Educational Partnerships Register which is currently in development. Ultimately, the policy affirms that in delivering academic programs with other parties, ACU remains accountable for teaching standards and student outcomes.

For further information about the Third Party and Educational Partnerships policy and procedures please email

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