What we do


The purpose of the AQA is to contribute to the advancement of New Zealand university education by:

  • engaging as a leader and advocate in the development of academic quality,
  • applying quality assurance and quality enhancement processes that assist universities in improving student engagement, academic experience and learning outcomes, and
  • supporting confidence in the academic quality of New Zealand universities.

AQA Constitution:

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Terms of Reference:

AQA will:

  • acknowledge the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • maintain consistency with international expectations, standards and developments in external quality assurance;
  • advise the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee and Universities New Zealand on quality assurance matters;
  • reflect areas of importance to universities with respect to their teaching, learning, student experience and student outcomes activities;
  • undertake quality assurance reviews (currently in the form of an academic audit) that are robust, fair and perceptive and that assist universities and their students;
  • acknowledge and respect the individual contexts of universities in undertaking quality assurance reviews;
  • make provision for appeals regarding the content of a quality assurance review;
  • publish quality assurance reviews of universities;
  • identify and promote good practice in quality assurance and enhancement;
  • support the contribution of an effective student voice in quality assurance and enhancement;
  • recognise other accountabilities and responsibilities of universities;
  • maintain a constructive relationship with the Committee on University Academic Programmes (CUAP) that recognises the responsibilities of CUAP and AQA;
  • contribute to the development of quality assurance in New Zealand and internationally;
  • undertake contract work as is compatible with its purpose and terms of reference.

Strategic Framework:

Click here to view AQA's current Strategic Framework.