Accreditation Standards and Processes

The DAA Accreditation Standards and Processes were substantially reviewed in 2016 in line with emerging changes in the university/education sector for health professions, with input from stakeholders including Universities, dietitians, and the broader public. Please find the revised documents below, released January 2017. The current fee schedule for accreditation is also available below.

The Accreditation Standards for Dietetics Education Programs describe the minimum requirements that Universities need to demonstrate to gain accreditation for their Dietetics education program(s), and to ensure that graduate dietitians have demonstrated competence as described in the National Competency Standards.

The Accreditation Standards are now described as six distinct Standards. The information below summarises the key differences in the new Standards, with reference to the relevant section of the previous DAA Manual for Accreditation of Dietetic Programs (the Manual).

Standard 1 Governance: This Standard combines the previous requirements listed in the Manual under “3.2 Professional representation on course advisory committees” and “3.4 Course management and evaluation”. The Standards relating to the Program Advisory Committee and program evaluation have had no major changes.

Standard 2 Staffing: The Discipline Lead is no longer required by DAA to be appointed at academic Level D or above, but must meet the criteria outlined in Standard 2.1. There is no longer a minimum full-time equivalent applied to staffing. Instead, the University must provide evidence that the staffing allocation for the program is appropriate to student load.

Standard 3 Resources: This has been modified to remove standard resources that are required by TEQSA to deliver a University program. This Standard is now focused on resources that are specific to nutrition and dietetics.

Standard 4 Curriculum: The human bioscience requirement no longer stipulates that 50% of the first and second years must comprise bioscience. The new Standard does, however, require the same amount of bioscience content to be present in the curriculum i.e. this is now stipulated as:

  1. Biochemistry content with Chemistry (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Biochemistry (0.25 EFTSL); and
  2. Human Physiology content with Human Biology (0.25 EFTSL) followed by Human Physiology (0.25 EFTSL).

This is equivalent to two semesters of content, but does not need to be in first and second year (although the content needs to scaffold appropriately). There is now a requirement for all students to have completed 0.25 EFTSL of Food and Nutrition Science content that appropriately scaffolds to final integrated assessment against the NCS.

It is clear in the new Standards that the University is responsible for each student’s assessment and for ensuring that students are competent at the time of graduation.

Standard 5 Professional Practice Program: There are no longer strict requirements for students to complete placement in the three traditional practice domains (i.e. Individual Case Management, Community and Public Health Nutrition, and Food Service Management). The University must demonstrate that each student receives an appropriate depth and breadth of experience that includes exposure to Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) in acute and ambulatory settings, delivery of food service systems where MNT underpins the delivery, and public health nutrition experience as described in the Standard. A Non-Domestic Placement Site approval process has been introduced for Universities interested in offering non-domestic placements as part of the 100 days of student placement. Standards 5.9 to 5.12 relate to non-domestic placements.

The Standards no longer refer to “primary” and “secondary” supervisor. Standard 5.5 requires that all supervisors responsible for assessment must have full APD status or equivalent. Note that Standard 5.8 is explicit in requiring the University to verify the final assessment of competence of each student against the National Competency Standards.

Standard 6 International Students: No major changes to these requirements (previously outlined in section 3.7 of the Manual).

 

This Guide will be released in the first half of 2017 and will be designed assist Universities applying for accreditation in submitting sufficient evidence for meeting the Standards. Universities may use their discretion to select alternate or additional pieces of evidence for submission as part of the accreditation process.

The Processes for Accreditation of Dietetics Education Programs outlines the processes for the accreditation application stages, the Non-Domestic Placement Site Approval Process, a decisions review procedure, the rights of termination and withdrawal of an Accreditation Status, and the timing and procedural requirements for both the DAA and the University.

The Process for Qualification of New Dietetics Education Programs is required for Universities planning to commence a new dietetics education program.

The fee schedule for accreditation of dietetic education programs at as January 2017 is outlined below. The fees are based on a cost-recovery model. Any fees for program accreditation received by DAA are used for accreditation related activities/services only and do not support any other business activities of DAA. Accreditation fees are reviewed annually, and universities should budget for increases in line with the annual consumer price index (CPI) for education. Please note that the Annual Review fee is required on an annual basis, including during years in which a program is under major review e.g. the full fee for a Full Accreditation review is the Full Accreditation fee plus the Annual Review fee.

Fees received for an accreditation application are used for the following:

  • reviewing accreditation documentation
  • teleconferences and other communication expenses
  • site visit travel, accommodation, expenses and reviewer remuneration
  • DAA Accreditation Services general operating costs
  • development of resources required for accreditation processes. 
Review phase Fee
(ex GST)
GST Total Fee Levy for Universities with two or more programs
Program Qualification $6,825 $682 $7,570 50% levy for each additional program
Provisional Accreditation $11,025 $1,102 $12,127 50% levy for each additional program
Full Accreditation $11,025 $1,102 $12,127 50% levy for each additional program
Re-Accreditation $11,025 $1,102 $12,127 50% levy for each additional program
Annual Review (paid in addition to above major review fees, and each year following) $9,500 $950 $10,450 50% levy for each additional program
Additional review services that are beyond the scope of a standard review. To be determined by Executive Manager, Accreditation, Recognition and Education Services according to requirements.

For further information regarding the accreditation of dietetics education programs please contact DAA Accreditation, Recognition and Journal Services:
T: 02 6189 1200
E: arjadmin@daa.asn.au.