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Be cautious of employment offers from online study platforms

30 Apr 2021

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) has issued a statement to remind students to be cautious of employment offers from online study platforms. Read their full statement of advice for students. Key points are included below.

There has been a large growth in online study platforms in recent years.

TEQSA is concerned some of these websites may promote, enable or supply academic cheating services (also known as contract cheating).

Under Australia’s anti-cheating laws, the promotion or sale of academic cheating services is illegal and subject to penalties of up to two years’ imprisonment or fines of up to $110,000.

TEQSA has become aware some of these websites are seeking to employ students to promote their services through on-campus activities and events.

There is a risk that students employed to promote a website could face criminal penalties if the website is found to be breaking Australian law.

What you can do

  • If you are offered a job to promote a company on-campus to other students, speak with USC first to determine if the company is permitted to operate on our campus.
  • Ensure you understand academic integrity and Australia’s anti-cheating laws. USC's academic integrity modules and TEQSA’s resources for students are a great place to start.
  • Never share your work online, as it may be sold by cheating services to other students.
  • Do not buy or sell essays, assignments or other assessments online. This is a breach of academic integrity and selling these services is illegal under Australian law.

You can also read the advice provided to Higher Education providers to see what actions TEQSA have asked Uni's to consider to address the above.