Cheating legislation: call for comment

Published by on the 13 June 2019

The Australian Department of Education is seeking comment on draft contract cheating legislation.  The deadline is 28 June.

The Department says:

The draft legislation is aimed at those who provide cheating services and not at students. Students who cheat will continue to be subject to institutions’ own academic integrity policies, processes and academic sanctions. These institutional policies are not affected by the new legislation.

The offences and penalties the Bill creates will apply whether the services are provided from within Australia or from overseas.

summary overview of the draft Bill outlines the key features of the proposed legislation.

TEQSA was allocated additional funding in the 2018-19 Budget to provide support to higher education providers on this issue, including through the development of education materials, information sharing, intelligence gathering and, if necessary, support for prosecutions under the new national law.

Comments on the draft Bill are sought from all interested stakeholders by 28 June 2019. These can be emailed  to