Griffith first introduced its regular, five-yearly, systematic, independent reviews of current activity and future plans for academic and administrative areas in 2003.

The University Reviews Policy provides the overarching framework for the conduct of organisational-wide reviews and cements their role as a core part of the University’s planning and quality frameworks (PDF 519KB).

Reviews play an important role in fostering quality management and continuous improvement and are undertaken to improve the planning and performance of elements. Reviews, through a continuing cycle of self-assessment, benchmarking, critical reflection, forward planning and external/internal peer review, examine how the element can contribute most effectively to the achievement of the University’s strategic goals and objectives.

The process is guided by:


The University's third cycle of five-yearly organisational reviews commenced from 2015 to 2019 (PDF 1.6MB). This cycle of reviews is re-examining schools and administrative divisions from the second cycle (2010 to 2014) and assess current practices, as well as the impact of previously implemented action plans and alignment with the University's strategic aspirations.

The University's second cycle of five-yearly organisational reviews from 2010 to 2014 cycle (PDF 64KB) concluded at the end of 2014. This second review cycle ensured that all academic schools and administrative divisions were reviewed, while having flexibility to undertake thematic reviews as external factors or organisational requirements necessitate.

The 2004 – 2009 cycle (PDF 70KB) concluded at the end of 2009 having undertaken a total of 26 reviews.

The Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency has superseded Australian Universities Quality Agency (an independent, not-for-profit national agency that promoted audits and reports on quality assurance in higher education.) Griffith’s first AUQA audit was undertaken in 2003, followed by its second cycle audit in 2008. Griffith University now reports to TEQSA.

Reports and Plans

At the conclusion of each review, a Review Report is prepared along with the Head of Element’s Implementation Plan for approval by University Council. For cycle 2 reviews, a final 18 month progress report demonstrating evidence of progress in implementing review recommendations is required. These reports and plans are available to Griffith users only via the Staff portal.