In 2003, Griffith introduced its independent five-yearly reviews of academic and administrative areas, focusing on a critical evaluation of current activity and future plans.

The University Reviews Policy provides for the conduct of organisational-wide reviews and cements their role as a core part of the University’s corporate governance and quality frameworks.

Reviews are undertaken to improve the planning and performance of elements and examine how an element can contribute most effectively to the achievement of the University’s strategic goals and objectives. Reviews are conducted through a continuing cycle of:

  • self-assessment
  • benchmarking
  • critical reflection
  • forward planning
  • external and internal peer reviews

The process is guided by:

University Reviews Policy

University Reviews Guidelines


In 2020, the University commenced its fourth cycle of five-yearly reviews (2020-2024), which will be informed by the University’s new Strategic Plan 2020-2025, Creating a future for all . Based on the current schedule of reviews for Cycle 4, a total of 37 reviews are planned.

The University's third cycle of five-yearly organisational reviews commenced from 2015 - 2019. This cycle of reviews re-examined schools and administrative divisions from the second cycle (2010 to 2014) and assessed current practices. It also looked at impact of previously implemented action plans and alignment with the University's strategic aspirations. A total of 32 reviews were undertaken as part of Cycle 3.

The University's second cycle of five-yearly organisational reviews from 2010 - 2014 cycle concluded at the end of 2014. This second review cycle ensured that all academic schools and administrative divisions were reviewed. The cycle also allowed for flexibility to undertake thematic reviews as external factors or organisational requirements necessitate. A total of 39 reviews were undertaken as part of Cycle 2.

The 2004 - 2009 cycle 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The Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency has superseded Australian Universities Quality Agency (an independent, not-for-profit national agency that promoted audits and reports on quality assurance in higher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 report is prepared along with the head of element’s Implementation Plan. These documents are considered by Academic Committee and approved by University Council. For all reviews, an 18-month review progress report is prepared, demonstrating evidence of progress in implementing the review recommendations. The progress reports are also considered by Academic Committee and approved by University Council. These reports and plans are available to Griffith users only via the staff portal.

Reports and plans

Contact the Organisational Reviews Team