COPHE – Quality Independent Higher Education


The Council of Private Higher Education Inc. (COPHE) is a peak body representing Australian independent higher education providers. Our members promote equity, choice and diversity in the sector. COPHE was established in 2001 in recognition of the growing number of students choosing an independent higher education. COPHE represents high-quality independent providers who are committed to the best educational opportunities for students and promoting equity and best practice in Australian education.

The independent higher education sector in Australia has been growing steadily and now enrols 10 per cent of Australian higher education students.

COPHE offers a network and forum for members, as well as services such as tuition assurance, a library consortium, benchmarking, TEQSA liaison and continuing professional development opportunities.

Our members operate from more than 70 campuses around Australia. They are diverse in size, funding base, organisational links and educational focus. Our members enrol more than 60,000 students in Australia.

All COPHE members are registered and accredited by the national regulator – the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Authority (TEQSA) – the same regulator as Australian public universities.  The Higher Education Standards Framework (HESF) and Australian Quality Framework (AQF) applies to all accredited higher education courses provided by COPHE members.

COPHE members include some of the oldest higher education providers in Australia and offer programs, from undergraduate through to masters and doctoral studies, in a range of disciplines. Many COPHE members enrol international students and contribute significantly to this major Australian export industry.

The COPHE Board and Members participate in the development of Australian higher education policy and development of best practice educational delivery. COPHE is active in national forums to advance educational equity and the interests of students undertaking independent higher education.

The Council of Private Higher Education Incorporated is an Association incorporated in the Australian Capital Territory.