Universities are self-accrediting, autonomous institutions, yet the sector is one of the most heavily regulated in the country. Universities report on numerous fronts to multiple authorities and jurisdictions, and much of this is in relation to regulations and requirements aimed at other sectors. The problem is getting worse. Servicing these obligations diverts resources that would otherwise be directed to teaching, learning and research.
■ appoint the Productivity Commission to review the regulatory burden placed on the university sector, with special attention to removing duplication between jurisdictions and excluding universities from regulatory regimes where a strong public interest rationale and benefit cannot be identified. This could build upon work recently completed to identify regulatory reporting burdens and set out opportunities to streamline reporting