Release type: Media Release


Accomplished economist appointed to TEQSA


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

Professor Clifford Walsh, an economist with a long and distinguished career in academia and public policy, has been appointed a part-time Commissioner of the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

TEQSA is responsible for registering higher education providers, assessing the performance of institutions against the Higher Education Standards Framework and accrediting courses.

Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced that Professor Walsh would serve a four-year term from 3 February 2014, replacing Mr Eric Mayne whose appointment ended in October 2013.

“Professor Walsh – an Emeritus Professor of Economics and a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Economics at the University of Adelaide – has a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience,” Mr Pyne said.

“He will bring to TEQSA outstanding expertise, particularly in the fields of higher education, public policy and the operations of government.

“Professor Walsh has held many advisory roles within government and private organisations, and he has served on numerous committees of inquiry, task forces and advisory panels.

“He is a former principal economic adviser to a Prime Minister, an adviser to Premiers, and an Associate Commissioner with the Productivity and Industry commissions.

“Professor Walsh will have an important role to play in assisting TEQSA to take a deregulatory and consultative approach to its role.”