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Labor’s Policies on Tertiary Education

Higher Education  Student Funding Guarantee Labor has committed to supporting the demand driven system which has seen an additional 190,000 students enrolled at university since 2009. A Labor government will introduce a new Student Funding Guarantee to provide certainty to universities and remove the need for higher fees. Under a Labor Government, average funding per undergraduate student in 2018 will be more than $11,800, which it says would be $2,500 than under a Coalition government. Funding for the guarantee will be indexed. Restoration of research block grant funding Labor proposes to restore $370m in funding cut from  research grants  by the Abbott-Turnbull governments since … [Read more...]

HE at a glance

16 July 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Statistics Report on TEQSA Registered High Education Providers (‘the Statistics Report’), released in mid- June, outlines key statistics of the Australian higher education sector in 2013, drawn from information TEQSA holds as part of its regulatory activities. This is the second release of this kind from TEQSA, and presents data on providers, students, staff and finances in 2013. The Statistics Report is sourced from TEQSA’s Provider Information Request and TEQSA’s National Register, together with data from the Department of Education and Training’s Higher Education Statistics … [Read more...]

The Scan #167 16 April 2015

Student debt growing rapidly as compliance declines 16 April 2015   |    With student debt ballooning, reform of the FEE-HELP system (HECS) is now a pressing budget issue with the nation’s second biggest financial asset, after the Future Fund, being eroded as one in five debtors renege on their loans. That figure is expected to rise to 25% by 2017. The government will have more than $70 billion in unpaid university student loans on its books in another two years, double the figure owed in 2013-14. According to researchers Richard Highfield and Neil Warren, the loans system is being compromised by successive governments’ commitment to increasing participation in tertiary education while not … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 16 February 2015

In Focus One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder One can only watch the comings and goings of the Senate and wonder. The Higher Education Reform agenda continues at a merry pace. We have spent a lot of time in the last week engaging in the debate. Our arguments for reform remain the need to address the inequity for students at non-university providers, but also the need to grow participation and quality programs. Our providers can play an enormous role in the future of higher education in Australia. Let’s hope we get that opportunity. To help please talk to your students. We need each and every one of them to understand that they will … [Read more...]

MYEFO budget measures

ACPET    |     22 December 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Mid-year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO), released on 15 December, updates the economic and fiscal outlook from the budget in May.  Following is a summary prepared by ACPET of savings and expenditure measures relevant to the education, employment and training sectors. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The Support for Adult Apprentices payment has been wound up, with loans being offered through the Trade Support Loans scheme as a replacement measure, the new Australian Apprenticeships Support Services will have reduced funding, down $30million over 4 year as a result of “streamlining” … [Read more...]

ACPET National Monday Update 18 August 2014

  In Focus In Focus Edition 567, 18 Aug Firstly let me send a big thank you to members who provided input and comments in regard to last week’s discussion about the need or otherwise for more structure around ELICOS  and other English programs. It was very valuable feedback and is helping to guide ACPET’s position in this area. As a position paper is developed we will place it in the Members Only section of the website to get more input from members.... Read more National One week to go! ACPET's APIEF and National Conference: 4 for 3 offer still availableEdition 567, 18 Aug With APIEF and the national conference just around the corner (27-29 … [Read more...]

Uni reforms “do or die” in the Senate

The Australian    |    1 August 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Grattan Institute’s Andrew Norton says the government will need to negotiate its proposed higher education reforms through the Senate,  as most will require legislation to implement. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  He said the government’s 20% funding cut will have to go through the Senate, while changes to HELP loans also require legislative amendments. Norton said the government’s plan to open the market for bachelor degree subsidies to non-university providers will need legislative amendments to establish a definition for those institutions eligible for the subsidy. These  will likely be … [Read more...]

Senate inquiry splits on TEQSA bill

The Australian    |    19 June 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… A Senate inquiry into a bill to restructure the higher education regulator has split along party lines. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… The majority report of the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee has recommended the Senate to pass the bill to streamline the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA). The bill would take away its broad quality assessment role, spill the commissioners and restructure the commission, and enlarge the minister’s power to give directions to the agency. It would give commissioners more power to delegate decisions, and allow TEQSA to … [Read more...]

TDA Newsletter 16 June 2014

TDA role on post-Budget consultation: Education Legislation and Financing Working Group SA Government breaks with federal Labor to support sub-bachelor higher education reform – Australian Financial Review Tertiary education leaders including TDA have been invited by the Department of Education to take part in detailed post-Budget consultations on government plans for deregulation of universities, and higher education funding. Martin Riordan, Chief Executive of TDA, was nominated for the Working Group, which met in Melbourne late last week. Senior departmental briefings will follow this week with university, TAFE and private college providers. TDA will be consulting with its TAFE higher … [Read more...]

The Scan | #154 | 13 June 2014

TEQSA "gardening leave" confirmed 13 June 2014    |    It has been confirmed at Senate Estimates that chief higher education regulator Carol Nicoll has taken indefinite leave and her future is tied to legislation that would restructure the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.  A Bill introduced in late February by education minister Christopher Pyne would spill the positions of TEQSA’s five commissioners, splitting the roles of chief commissioner and chief executive both of which are currently vested in the person of Dr Nicoll. It would also strip away the agency’s broader role in quality assessment.....[ MORE ]…. VET susidy cuts in Queensland 13 June 2014    |    The … [Read more...]