Policy framework

The key UQ Policy and Procedures Library (PPL) suite governing the University's program approval process is PPL 3.20.01 Academic Program Approval—Policy, Procedures and Forms. Other relevant documents include PPL 1.10.06 Senate Governance Framework—Policy and PPL 1.30.03 Academic Board—Policy.


The UQ program approval process has been developed in accordance with the following principles (taken from PPL 3.20.01 Academic Program Approval):

  • Proposals to offer new programs or new discipline fields in existing programs are consistent with the University's academic and strategic priorities
  • Programs and courses have been designed to incorporate:
    • appropriate learning experiences;
    • appropriate teaching methods and methods of  evaluation of student learning; and
    • desired graduate attributes
  • All programs offered are subject to quality assurance processes at each stage of program development
  • The quality and integrity of programs meets the highest academic standards
  • All programs are developed within the established policy and framework for teaching and learning
  • All programs comply with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and with relevant legislation, such as the ESOS Act
  • Consultation is undertaken with:
    • all relevant academic units that can contribute to respective areas of discipline expertise;
    • all relevant faculties and organisational units that have discipline expertise relevant to the program in relation to resource implications; and
    • relevant external and accreditation bodies

Notice of proposed program development proposals is provided to the academic community through the Program Bulletin SharePoint site (UQ staff access only).

Program Bulletin SharePoint site (UQ staff access only)
Contact: app@uq.edu.au