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1. Governing policy

This purpose of the Assessing Equivalence Procedures (“procedures”) is to ensure consistency in how the assessment of equivalent professional experience (as per the Equivalence in Academic Staff Qualifications and Experience Policy ) is conducted for all academic staff at the Institution which includes the full range of relevant, verifiable professional activities of the individual.

2. Scope

All current and prospective academic staff at the Institution, including sessional staff and staff employed by an accredited third-party provider.

These procedures do not apply to partner supervisors of students undertaking industry placements, as the Institution assures itself that such individuals are appropriately qualified to supervise students through the provision of the Employability Policy and Employability Procedures – Work Integrated Learning.

3. Assessing equivalence

3.1 When equivalent professional experience is assessed at AQF+1 and must be current, documented and relevant to the field being taught, use Table 1 in Appendix A.

3.2 When equivalent professional experience is assessed at AQF+1 and must be current, document and not in the field use Table 2 in Appendix A.

4. Exceptions

4.1 In exceptional cases, academic staff who are assessed on a combination of formal qualifications and professional experience must as a minimum, possess formal qualifications to at least the same level as the course being taught.

4.2 Occasional guest lecturers are exempt from the requirement to hold AQF+1 but must bring a level of knowledge and expertise which will add value to the teaching of the relevant discipline area.

4.3 Tutors and Instructors not responsible for the coordination of the subject and who do not deliver 40% of the teaching load, require qualifications at least at the same level as the course being taught as well as the relevant professional experience.

4.4 Partner supervisors of students undertaking industry placements need to be appropriately qualified, however, they are deemed an exception as they are covered through the provision of the Employability Policy and Employability Procedures – Work Integrated Learning.

4.5 The Institution recognises that there are other exceptions which may not be covered by these procedures. The Institution applies principles of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and assesses each case on its individual merit.

5. Storage of approved equivalences

5.1 All approved equivalences must be logged in Scholarly Output & Activity Repository (SOAR).

6. Roles and responsibilities

6.1 The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching) monitors the effectiveness of the procedure and is responsible for approving equivalent assessments.

6.2 The Program Managers, in consultation with the Deans, are responsible for assessing academic staff member qualifications and their equivalent professional experience.

6.3 The Faculty Manager is responsible for ensuring that the equivalence records are accurate and meet reporting requirements for TEQSA and are appropriately stored.

6.4 Academic staff are responsible for ensuring that their qualifications meet the equivalence requirements of the Institution. If they do not meet these standards, a professional development plan is put in place with their relevant academic supervisor to support them to achieve professional equivalence in their teaching practice. Refer to the Faculty Induction and Support Guidelines.

7. Related documents

Equivalence in Academic Staff Qualifications and Experience Policy

Faculty Induction and Support Guidelines

Appendix A: Assessing equivalence tables

Table 1: Assessing equivalence table for staff in the field

AQF Level being taught Required AQF Level for Staff Professional experience equivalence
AQF Level 7

Bachelor Degree

AQF Level 8 A Level 7 qualification or above and current registration to practice within the relevant discipline (e.g. CPA Membership)

PLUS

4 years relevant professional experience

OR

Enrolment in a Level 8 or above course plus some relevant teaching and/or professional experience totalling 4 years.

Evidence logged in the Scholarship Outputs and Activities Repository (SOAR) by the relevant academic:

  • Applied research and/scholarly or creative outputs and activities such as scholarship award applications
  • Peer reviewed publications, presentations and conference participation
  • Experience outside tertiary education in industry, business or government employment
  • Leadership in local, state or national advisory bodies and/or community organisations

A Fellow of a relevant Learned or Professional Society (for example, CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Management) may be considered to satisfy the equivalence guidelines for teaching at Level 8 when such appointments are made on the basis of exceptional achievement and/or service to the profession.

Staff who hold minimum qualifications for teaching at Level 8 and also hold part-time or formal Adjunct appointments with an Australian university are deemed to have equivalency for teaching in Level 8 courses.

AQF Level 8

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma

Bachelor Honours Degree

AQF Level 9 A Level 8 qualification or above and current registration to practice within the relevant profession (for example, CPA membership).

PLUS

5 years relevant professional experience

OR

Enrolment in a Level 9 or above course plus some relevant teaching and/or professional experience together totalling 5 years.

Evidence logged in the Scholarship Outputs and Activities Repository (SOAR) by the relevant academic:

  • Applied research and/scholarly outputs and activities such as scholarship award applications
  • Peer reviewed publications, presentations and conference participation
  • Experience outside tertiary education in industry, business or government employment
  • Leadership in local, state or national advisory bodies and/or community organisations

A Fellow of a relevant Learned or Professional Society (for example, CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Management) may be considered to satisfy the equivalence guidelines for teaching at Level 8 when such appointments are made on the basis of exceptional achievement and/or service to the profession.

Staff who hold minimum qualifications for teaching at Level 8 and also hold part-time or formal Adjunct appointments with an Australian university are deemed to have equivalency for teaching in Level 8 courses.

 

 

AQF Level 9

Masters Degree by Coursework

AQF Level 10 A Level 9 qualification or above and current registration to practice within the relevant profession (for example, CPA membership)

PLUS

5 years relevant professional experience

OR

Enrolment in a doctoral program (Level 10) plus some relevant teaching and/or professional experience totalling 5 years.

Evidence logged in the Scholarship Outputs and Activities Repository (SOAR) by the relevant academic in assessing equivalency:

  • Applied research and scholarly outputs and activities such as scholarship award applications
  • Peer reviewed publications, presentations and conference participation
  • Experience outside tertiary education in industry, business or government employment
  • Leadership in local, state or national advisory bodies and/or community organisations

A Fellow of a relevant Learned or Professional Society (for example, CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Management) may be considered to satisfy the equivalence guidelines for teaching at Level 9 when such appointments are made based on evidence of exceptional achievement and/or service to the profession.

Staff who hold minimum qualifications for teaching at Level 9 and also hold part-time or formal Adjunct appointments with an Australian institute of higher education are deemed to have equivalence for teaching in Level 9 courses.

Table 2. Assessing equivalence table for staff not in the field

 

AQF Level being taught Required AQF Level for staff Professional experience equivalence
AQF Level 7

Bachelor Degree

AQF Level 8 Where staff do have a Level 8 qualification but NOT IN FIELD, in-field experience will be taken into account and professional equivalency applied.

Equivalence

4 years relevant professional experience

Other Evidence: consider the following in assessing equivalency:

  • Qualification lower than Level 8 that is in field
  • Experience outside tertiary education in industry, business or government employment
  • Leadership in local, state or national advisory bodies and/or community organisations
  • A Fellow of relevant Learned or Professional Society (for example, CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Management).
AQF Level 8

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma

Bachelor Honours Degree

AQF Level 9 Where staff do have a Level 9 qualification but NOT IN FIELD, in -field experience will be taken into account and professional equivalency applied.

Equivalence

5 years relevant professional experience

Other evidence to consider the following in assessing equivalency:

  • Qualifications lower than Level 9 that is in field.
  • Relevant experience outside tertiary education in industry, business or government employment
  • Leadership in local, state or national advisory bodies and/or community organisations
  • A Fellow of a relevant Learned or Professional Society (for example, CPA Australia, Australia Institute of Management)
AQF Level 9

Masters Degree by Coursework

AQF Level 10 Where staff do have a Level 10 qualification but NOT IN-FIELD, in-field experience will be taken into account and professional equivalency applied.

Equivalence

5 years relevant professional experience

Evidence to consider the following in assessing equivalency:

  • A qualification lower than Level 10 that is in field
  • Relevant experience outside tertiary education in industry, business or government employment
  • Leadership in local, state or national advisory bodies and/or community organisations
  • A Fellow of relevant Learned or Professional Society (for example, CPA Australia, Australian Institute of Management)

 

Approved by Academic Board 2 August 2019