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End the University funding freeze


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2019-05-17T15:23:13

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STUDENTS DEMAND AN END TO THE FUNDING FREEZE

In late December 2017, the Coalition government suddenly froze public funding for bachelor places at universities. As a result of this unlegislated change, the government provides each university with a fixed sum of money for teaching instead of providing funds based on how many students have actually enrolled.

“The funding freeze cut about 9,500 new student places in 2018,” said Hana Arai, Vice President – Education.

“This means that there were 9,500 students who did not get the opportunity to enrol in university last year. Locking young Australians out of the education system is not good policy and not good for the economy,” she said.

The Guild’s “We Will Not Be Left Behind” campaign is demanding that parties in the election commit to reinstating the demand-driven funding system which increased domestic undergraduate enrolments by approximately 23 per cent from 2009 to 2013*.

According to policy experts, in the mid-2020s Australia’s school leaver population will be the highest ever recorded.

“We need to prepare for this peak in demand for University places and acknowledge that an investment in higher education is an investment in Australia’s economic and social future,” said Ms Arai.