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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...]

Great 8 propose caps on enrolments

Fairfax Media    |  15 June 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The elite Group of Eight universities have proposed that the Commonwealth government reintroduce limits on how many students each university can enrol, a suggestion slammed by other vice-chancellors as "cancerous" and "selfish". …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The Group has released a paper calling for a "moderation" of the demand-driven system that allows universities to enrol as many students as they want. Group of Eight chair Michael Spence said the uncapping of university places in from 2009-21012 had blown out the budget by billions of dollars while leaving important university … [Read more...]

The state of VET in Australia

A fractured system 16 March 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… In a policy paper, VET funding in Australia: Background trends and future directions, Peter Noonan from Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute says the low priority traditionally accorded the vocational sector has been exacerbated in recent years by wild inconsistencies between states on what they funded and for how much, ad hoc federal funding programs, rorting and distortions caused by VET FEE-HELP and the relentless push to reduce costs for both levels of government. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… While there are 200,000 more VET enrolments than there were 10 years ago, enrolments have been trending … [Read more...]

VET funding in Australia

Background trends and future directions Mitchell Institute Policy Paper Executive summary The vocational education and training (VET) system in Australia plays a central role in the development of skills for the Australian workforce and makes a critical contribution to workforce participation, productivity levels, individual’s  life chances and economic and social development. The level of public and private investment in VET is therefore an important public policy issues. Historical overview Since 1974 the Commonwealth and state governments in Australia have jointly funded the development and expansion of Australia’s VET system. They have done so in the following phases. The … [Read more...]

LH Martin Newsletter 23 October 2015

Responses by Some Australian Universities to Demand-Driven Policy Reforms by Prof. Emeritus Frank Larkins Frank Larkins' latest analysis on Australian higher education looks at the responses to the demand-driven reforms of 2009. 2016 postgraduate courses - applications open and online info sessions available Master of Tertiary Education Management A two-year, part time course designed for middle to senior level educators, administrators and scholars seeking to extend their knowledge and skills in tertiary sector leadership and management. Read more about the course. Read also about the recent papers by our graduates which were published in … [Read more...]

Higher education isn’t like other markets

The Conversation     |     3  September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The government’s higher education reform package has been referred to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for consideration and report by 28 October.  Leo Goedegebuure,  director of the LH Martin Institute, argues that "if higher education policy research has resulted in anything significant over the last decades, it is the almost uniform agreement that unregulated market coordination does not work".  Just look to the "mother of all unregulated systems" in the US and the concerns of US families and policy-makers. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Tertiary … [Read more...]

Higher ed bill: what’s likely to pass and what’s likely to be be blocked

The Conversation      |      1 September 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The higher education reform bill , if passed, it will result in the most significant changes to the Australian higher education system since the Dawkins reforms a quarter of a century ago. However, it is unlikely to make it through the Senate in its current form.   Education Minister Christopher Pyne has as much as accepted this. He is prepared for a marathon, not a sprint, suggesting it might take until November before the Senate decides the fate of the bill.  Each of the following elements of the bill will be debated at length. Tim Pitman (Curtin University) assesses the likelihood of passage of the … [Read more...]

Setting non-university student subsidy gets tricky

17 July 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the Higher Education Legislation and Financing Working Group having delivered its advice to the government on extending public subsidies to student places at non-university higher education providers, the speculation is that it will be proposing a considerably lower rate for these providers and for sub-degree programs. The Australian Council of Private Education and Training (ACPET) isn’t particularly happy. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......… A review of budget documents by The Australian indicates that if the higher education reforms announced in the Budget are implemented, undergraduates can expect to attract an … [Read more...]

Higher education outside the universities: a better option?

Grattan Institute  |  3 July  2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The likely extension of commonwealth student subsidies to non-university providers portends big changes for the higher education sector. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Australia has around 130 higher education providers outside the university system. They are a diverse group, ranging from large multinational companies to small theological colleges to the TAFEs now offering degrees. Together they enrol more than 70,000 students. These numbers could increase significantly in the future as a result of the government accepting a recommendation of the review of the demand driven funding system, to … [Read more...]

Govt blinking over budget measures

ABC News    |   24 May 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The Commonwealth government has conceded it will need to compromise on some of its more controversial budget measures to get them through a hostile Senate. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Education minister Christopher Pyne has told told Fairfax Media that he accepts his plan to deregulate universities is unlikely to pass in full.  He said he is "realistic enough" to see that the proposal will require amendments. Pyne has highlighted potential changes to the interest rate and salary threshold at which students would be required to pay back their university loans. Prime Minister Tony Abbott says the … [Read more...]