HE Course and Unit Accreditation

CDU higher education (HE) courses are approved by the Academic Board after they have completed the Course Accreditation/ Reaccreditation Process. It operates on an annual cycle and is used for:

  • Accrediting new HE courses
  • Reaccrediting existing HE courses according to scheduled course review dates, and
  • Making major changes to existing HE courses.

The Accreditation/ Reaccreditation process is completed in two stages:  

  • Stage 1: Resource and Planning (RP) - ensures there is sufficient demand and resources available to support the running of the course
  • Stage 2: Quality Accreditation (QA) - ensures the teaching and learning aspects of the course are appropriate.

Course Accreditation/Reaccreditation Key Dates 2013-2014

Any changes to accredited units must go through the appropriate approval process. Please see Amend Accredited Units

Stage EHSE LTC Date LEBA LTC Date Submissions received by ART LTC Meeting Date VCAG Meeting Date
Stage 1 Resource and Planning - Courses
RP Submission 1   20/09/2013 30/09/2013 8/10/2013 16/10/2013
RP Submission 2 30/09/2013   14/10/2013 12/11/2013 30/10/2013
RP Submission 3     28/10/2013 12/11/2013 13/11/2013
RP Submission 4 28/10/2013   11/11/2013 10/12/2013 27/11/2013
Stage 2 Quality Assurance – Course and Units  
QA Submission 1     3/02/2014 11/02/2014
QA Submission 2     3/03/2014 11/03/2014
QA Submission 3     31/03/2014 8/04/2014
Emergency and all resubmission not already received
      28/04/2014 13/05/2014  

Higher Education Course and Unit Accreditation Timeline (.docx 33KB)


  • Faculties are advised to submit their Faculty approved RP documents by 28/10/2013 at the latest (to allow time for any LTC required amendments)
  • RP documents received by 11th November will have limited time to make alterations and/or resubmissions
  • Faculties are still expected to meet the QA dates regardless of the date the RP is submitted.

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The Expression of Interest is to be used to make a preliminary case for the development of a new HE course. It should provide a brief summary of the proposed course and be approved by the School and Faculty.

Schools and Faculties can use this form if they choose to gather information about courses that are being developed for 2015.

Note: Support for the EOI does not constitute approval to offer a course, but provides clearance to proceed to the next stage – completion of the RP proforma.

Expression of Interest for New Higher Education Courses (.docx 41KB)

Resource and Planning (RP) proposals are developed in consultation with OLT and Library and Information Access (LIA) and are reviewed by the relevant Faculty/Institute Executive.

Existing HE course  RP proposals are reviewed by the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Academic in consultation with the relevant faculty Pro-Vice Chancellor. If approved, it can progress to the QA stage.

New HE course RP proposals are reviewed by the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group (VCAG), which advises the Vice Chancellor to either: (i) approve the proposal to proceed to the QA stage, or (ii) reject the proposal.

The RP course form and guide are provided below and should be used for new courses and reaccrediting courses. Note: For reaccrediting courses, additional information will be provided after the 31st August and is to be included in the final submission. This includes the SATAC course information, and enrolment and retention data. The timing of the release of this information should not prevent schools from commencing the RP process as additional sections can be copied into the form when they become available.

Note: These forms are for the 2015 accreditation cycle. The 2016 accreditation cycle forms will be published at the end of the current cycle (end of July 2014).

Forms and documents

Course developers collaborate with Course Advisory Groups, OLT and LIA to develop the curriculum at the course and unit level and finalise the course structure, specific award requirements, transition arrangements and study plans.

QA proposals must initially be reviewed and approved by the relevant Faculty/Institute Learning and Teaching Committee.

Faculty-approved proposals are submitted to the CDU Learning and Teaching Committee (LTC) for final quality review. The LTC is responsible for advising the Academic Board on the accreditation, review, re-accreditation, suspension and discontinuation of higher education courses.

Forms and documents

QA proformas will be provided by Accreditation & Registration (OLT) following the courses RP approval (Stage 1).

Please be aware that due to the introduction of TEQSA and the new AQF there are a number of changes to these forms from last year. It is recommended that each school works closely with their appointed Education & Training Development school contact.

Note: These forms are for the 2015 accreditation cycle. The 2016 accreditation cycle forms will be published at the end of the current cycle (end of July 2014).


Course documents


Unit documents

The information requested in the accreditation documentation is required to meet legislative, quality assurance and operational planning requirements.  Changes to some unit variables are more significant than others, and will be categorised as either minor or major.  

The definition of minor and major changes has been determined based on the following:

  • TEQSA requirements
  • HESA requirements
  • Potential impact on students
  • Potential impact across courses/cross disciplinary considerations.

Minor changes are deemed to include:

  • Assessment (weight change only)
  • Adding offerings (e.g. add the unit to an additional semester or study period)
  • Learning method (online, online reliant, print based etc.)
  • Teaching responsibility (who the unit is reported to)
  • Unit description (grammar, format, additional student information)
  • Assumed knowledge
  • Refining current Learning outcomes (to make them clearer).

Major changes are deemed to include:

  • Unit code
  • Unit title
  • Unit description (content change)
  • Field of education
  • Pre-requisite(s)
  • Learning outcomes (adding or removing)
  • Assessment (other than weight change)
  • Removing offerings
  • New unit mode (a unit mode such as internal/external/intensive that has never been offered for this unit).

Is it recommended that staff read the Minor and Major Unit Changes Procedure located on the Governance document site http://www.cdu.edu.au/governance/lt.html.

Forms and documents


Samantha Thompson - Team Leader, Accreditation & Registration
Email: samantha.thompson@cdu.edu.au
Phone: (08) 8946 7775