HE Course and Unit Accreditation

CDU is a self-accrediting higher education (HE) provider.  All courses are accredited by Academic Board via the Course Accreditation/ Reaccreditation Process.

The Accreditation/ Reaccreditation Process is completed in two stages:  

  • Stage 1: Resource and Planning (RP) - is where consideration is given to planning and resource issues associated with course accreditation and re-accreditation.  It ensures there is sufficient demand and resources available to support the running of the course
  • Stage 2: Quality Accreditation (QA) is where consideration is given to quality assurance issue associated with course accreditation and re-accreditation. It ensures the teaching and learning aspects of the course are appropriate.

Course Accreditation/Reaccreditation Key Dates 2015-2016

2015 VCAG HE Accreditation Stage 1 Submission Deadlines

R&P submissions University Submission Date VCAG proposed meeting dates
Submission 1 3 November 2014 19 November 2014
Final Submisson Date 1 December 2014 17 December 2014
Final date for all resubmissions 16 January 2015 TBC

The above timeline refers to the submission of Faculty approved accreditation items to the Accreditation and Registration Team for University level review – please contact the respective school or faculty in relation to internal requirements and timelines relating to these submission.

2015 University Learning & Teaching Committee HE Accreditation Stage 2 Submission Deadlines

QA submissions University Submission Date ULTC CARP proposed meeting dates
Submission 1 27 February 18 March
Submission 2 27 March 15 April
Final Submisson Date 24 April 13 & 14 May
Final date for all resubmissions 22 May  

The above timeline refers to the submission of Faculty approved accreditation items to the Accreditation and Registration Team for University level reviewv – please contact the respective school or faculty in relation to internal requirements and timelines relating to these submission.

Higher Education Course and Unit Accreditation Timeline (.docx 40KB)


  • Faculties are advised to submit the Faculty approved RP documents on or before 1/12/2014.
  • QA submission dates must be adhered to regardless of whether a late RP submission is excepted.

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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.

Stage 1: Resource and Planning (RP) timeline applies to:

  • New courses
  • All courses due for reaccreditation (5 year review)
  • Courses that are seeking accreditation due to major changes and/or associated resource implications
  • Course discontinuations.

The purpose of the Resources and Planning submission is to capture details of the course development or review and redevelopment activities being undertaken by the discipline/school.  The RP proforma is designed to:

  • Provide adequate information for the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Group (VCAG) to make informed decisions about CDU course profile, including:
    • Market, student demand, benchmarking
    • Resources and staffing requirements
    • Additional cost associated (above faculty/school budget)
  • Provide details regarding curriculum development and proposed structure
    • Indicate new unit development and current unit redevelopment
  • Provide course set up and marketing information, including:
    • Course Title (code), Award Title, Volume of Learning, Course GOVT Type, AQF level, Field of Education and Area of Study
    • Course Overview used in SATAC, CDU Course Guide and CDU Course Catalogue
    • Entry requirements.


Note: Stage 1 R&P approval does not constitute final accreditation or permission to implement the course.  Details in section B are required for the planning of the SATAC guide, Government reporting and CDU’s course guide, however final accreditation (via Stage 2 QA) is required before the course can open for admissions (offers).

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

2015 QA proformas have now been removed as this accreditation round is closed. If you need to access these please contact the Accreditation & Registration Team (OLT) following the courses RP approval (Stage 1).

It is recommended that each school works closely with their appointed Education & Training Development school contact.

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

Learning outcome and assessment items will be published to the web from the 1st of December.

To ensure that correct information is published to new students we ask that all schools complete a review and provide any amendments by submitting the following form no later than the 7th November.

LO and Assessment Amendment Form (.docx 52KB)


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