IHEA is the peak body representing Independent Higher Education Providers in Australia

Welcome New IHEA Members!

Demand for membership continues to grow as high quality independent providers seek to participate in the services and collegiate environment of IHEA.  We are delighted to advise that the IHEA Board have approved the application of three new members:


  • Australian College of Nursing

  • Institute of Health and Management

  • International College of Hotel Management

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Educational institutions and students should utilise the latest information available from Government sources when considering their future plans. Students seeking information about their own course or enrolment should contact their institution directly. 

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IHEA members are high-quality independent providers who are committed to the best educational opportunities for students.

TEQSA accredited

All IHEA members are registered and accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) – the national regulator of all Australian higher education providers including public universities.

Australian Quality Standards Framework

The Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF) and Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) apply to all higher education courses provided by IHEA members.

Equity, Diversity, Choice

IHEA members are committed to the best educational opportunities for students and best practice in Australian Higher Education.

Best practice education

IHEA members are some of the oldest, and the newest, higher education providers in Australia, offering programs from undergraduate to masters and doctoral studies.


Independent providers score the highest quality rankings in government student consumer surveys. Independent providers dominate the top 25 rankings and are consistently rated higher than public universities for teaching quality and skills development.

View the information below and see why an independent provider can help you succeed.

Featured News


Submission to the Treasury: Education and Training Expense Deductions for Individuals

IHEA members are in favour of the government expanding the tax deductibility of education to include courses not linked to a person’s employment. This is seen as a positive move towards incentivising Australians to reskill and transition through different careers, recognising the pattern of employees operating in multiple industries through their lifetime.

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Media Release

IHEA thanks outgoing Minister for Education, the Hon Dan Tehan MP; welcomes the Hon Alan Tudge MP

Peak body emphasises importance of continuing higher education reforms

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IHEA responds to TEQSA Review – Making and Assessing Claims of Scholarship and Scholarly Activity

Peak body cautions that a narrow definition of scholarship will impact diversity and quality in Australian higher education

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