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ATN Welcomes Opposition Funding Commitment to Higher Education

21 September 2015

UniSA studentsThe Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) welcomes today’s higher education funding announcement by the Opposition, as sustainable ongoing funding is critical to ensure all Australians who are eligible can obtain a university education.

The proposed additional funding will help deliver the certainty required for Australia to remain a world-class higher education provider for both Australian and international students.

Executive Director of the ATN, Renee Hindmarsh said “The ATN particularly welcomes additional funding for access and equity programs. Our member universities are all committed to access and equity principles, recognising the transformative benefits of higher education not only to individuals but our broader society.

“We welcome the announcement of a consultative green paper/ white paper policy process, to allow detailed and considered analysis of what will be required to ensure success of our sector in the longer term.

The unqualified support for the demand driven system, return to indexation and promise for consultative policy development provides policy certainty and stability.

The ATN appreciates the Opposition’s comments on the need for more researchers in industry. This will be vital for our future prosperity and job creation.

“We urge the Opposition to take caution with the establishment of the Higher Education Commission to ensure it does not become an expensive bureaucracy that largely replicates the work of the Department of Education.

“While we recognise the fiscal constraints faced by Government we hope that the Opposition will reconsider funding sub-degree places in future.”

 

Media contact: Renee Hindmarsh Mobile: 0416 265 038