The Setting the Standard: Establishing TLOs for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Higher Education in Australia website contains material, information and resources gathered as part of an academic standards project funded by the Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) in 2013.
The project produced a set of nationally agreed upon and clearly articulated threshold learning outcomes (TLOs) for tourism, hospitality and events higher education coursework programs at Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) bachelor (level 7) and coursework master (level 9). It also investigated the appropriate pathway systems to facilitate successful transition from vocational education (VE) to higher education (HE) in pursuit of these TLOs. 

The project team included Paul Whitelaw, project leader (William Angliss Institute), Pierre Benckendorff and Judith Mair (University of Queensland), Michael Gross (University of South Australia), Penny Jose, project manager (Victoria University).  

The project associates included 24 universities, 14 Tertiary and Further Education (TAFE) institutions and 12 private colleges that offer hospitality, tourism and events higher education programs in Australia.  Four major representative industry groups and three government departments were also project associates.

The project built on the work of a 2009 Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) project Building a stronger future: balancing professional and liberal education ideals in tourism and hospitality education. That project looked at the question 'What constitutes a tourism, hospitality or events undergraduate education?' The project mapped the tourism, hospitality and events curriculum space and built a foundation of information from which to begin discussion about curriculum design, content, delivery, academic standards and graduate outcomes.

Australian Business Deans' Council scholar, Mark Freeman, discusses why learning standards are important in Higher Education (5:30). For more information see FAQs.


Events and activities

DescriptionWho is involved?LocationDate range
Project roadshow Project community Perth, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Melbourne Dec 2013-Apr 2014 
CAUTHE 2014 conference Project community Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane, Qld 11-14 Feb 2014 
Discussion forum Project community Online  Mar 2014-Jan 2015 
ABDC Reference panel meeting Project team and experts Victoria University, Melbourne, Vic 5 June 2014 
Discussion papers disseminated for feedback Project community by email 1 July 2014 
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  • Final OLT report The final report and achievements statement for this project has been approved for release and has been published on the OLT website. Please find the approved versions available at Setting ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2016, 2:55 AM by Paul Whitelaw
  • The Standards are live!! Download the final version of the Standards. Included are:Tourism, Hospitality and Events Learning and Teaching Academic Standards (A4) [VU101_OfficeLearningTeaching_StandardGuide_WEB_FINAL]Tourism, Hospitality and Events Learning and ...
    Posted May 5, 2017, 11:07 PM by Paul Whitelaw
  • Symposium 2 The second all-day Symposium, held on 6 February 2015 at the Gold Coast, attracted 33 participants from 19 universities/TAFEs and 2 organisations. An additional 1 1/2 hour ...
    Posted Apr 17, 2015, 8:05 PM by Paul Whitelaw
  • Global learning qualifications framework The SUNY Empire State College Global Learning Qualifications Framework (GLQF) is designed to assist students to document their verifiable college or university-level learning for academic credit and to provide ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2014, 1:56 AM by Paul Whitelaw
  • TLO Standards first draft has been launched We have released the first draft of the standards for your comments.  There are seven conversations to which we invite you to contribute:Overview statementThe five domains and their ...
    Posted Sep 22, 2014, 5:11 PM by Paul Whitelaw
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