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Unis seek delay in deregulation

Fairfax Media     |    21 May 2014

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University vice-chancellors are arguing for a delay  in the deregulation of course fees, set to take place in 2016.

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$ signThe university leaders fear as many as 160,000 school leavers nationwide could select a course without knowing whether they will pay tens of thousands of dollars in extra fees, which some students would struggle to pay.

University of Western Sydney vice-chancellor Barney Glover asked for the postponement of the planned fee deregulation during talks with the office of Education Minister Christopher Pyne last week. Glover said funding changes outlined in the federal budget were so complex that there was insufficient time to implement them by the 2016 start date.

Our university and others are still trying to understand aspects of the funding package that the government has presented.  The decision to remove the cap on fees in 2016 is premature, and I have indicated that in a conversation with the minister’s office.

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