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NEAS signs MOU with ASQA

Published on Friday, March 24, 2017

On 14 January 2017, Patrick Pheasant, NEAS Chief Executive Officer and Professor The Hon Michael Lavarch AO, Commissioner Risk, Intelligence and Regulatory Support of the Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) met regarding a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations. The memorandum came into effect on 5 January 2017 and recognises the two organisation’s strong collaboration, shared history and future partnership.


In the memorandum, ASQA recognises that participating in voluntary quality assurance schemes, such as that offered by NEAS, can be an effective way for ELICOS providers to enhance their ongoing education quality and demonstrate a commitment to continual improvement. As a quality assurance scheme with a close, ongoing face to face relationship with providers, NEAS can also provide valuable information about the industry and systemic risks to quality English language training to ASQA.

The memorandum acknowledges that ASQA will use information provided by NEAS under this MOU as appropriate within ASQA's Regulatory Risk Framework. This means that NEAS Quality Endorsement may be considered as a positive risk mitigation factor in the extensive range of data considered by the regulator in deciding where best to allocate its resources in managing risks in training and education.

Agreements such as the NEAS ASQA MOU with government bodies, industry and peak body associations strengthen the recognition and value of NEAS and 225 NEAS Quality Endorsed Centres worldwide. The organisation's  commitment to quality in the English language teaching sector supports and enhances a quality teaching and learning experience for more than 3,000 teachers and 20,000 students at their member's centres.

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