Information for education providers
Frequently asked questions
Are education providers required to notify APAC of changes made to an accredited program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?APAC asks that providers keep us updated on any impact COVID-19 may have on the delivery of accredited programs, including any material changes to the delivery of the accredited program.
Are education providers able to submit an out of cycle application for a new program?At this stage, APAC will continue to undertake assessments for new programs and request providers to submit a notice of intent at the earliest convenience. The submission for accreditation and supporting evidence must also be submitted for review at least 12 months in advance of the commencement of the program to allow sufficient time for assessment of the program through to the accreditation outcome. Should you require any further information, please contact the office for assistance.
Are education providers required to submit an update for the 2022 annual report?Pursuant to the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, APAC is required to monitor accredited programs of study. Annual reporting for 2022 will continue as scheduled and APAC requests that annual reports be submitted no later than 30 April 2022. As per the standard process, if APAC is undertaking a cycle assessment at the relevant education provider this year, there is no need to submit an annual report update. In every other case, all education providers are required to submit an annual report and the year a cycle assessment is undertaken is the only exemption to this.
Can an existing accredited program offered on campus be delivered online in the short term and what would education providers need to provide APAC with in order to do so?APAC understands and recognises that education providers may need to review their practices for assuring the safety of staff and students and the quality of education and training during this time. We are unable to give you specific direction as every education providers situation is likely to be different and these changes will be reviewed on a case by case situation. We ask that education providers of accredited programs advise APAC of any proposed significant or material changes to their practices and proposed alternate mechanisms to ensure the quality of education, training and supervision, including the wellbeing of staff and students. APAC does not need providers to advise it of all minor changes, but of any change that is likely to fit the APAC definition of a material change, including a material change to the resources available to support delivery of the program, or to teaching settings. As such, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please let us know of any changes you will be making and advise us as to how these changes will ensure your programs continue to meet the Accreditation Standards.
Does APAC have an education provider ranking system?As an accreditation authority, APAC does not have a ranking system in place, nor does it give any advice regarding which program of study or education provider is best. If you require further information, including which education provider you should apply to or about the individual education provider’s admission processes, it is recommended that you contact education providers directly and comparing its programs of study and other relevant services to make an informed decision.
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