Accord Consultations

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The Australian Universities Accord will build a long-term plan for Australia’s higher education system and is the first broad review of the higher education system since the 2008 Review of Higher Education (the Bradley Review).

The Accord Panel will make recommendations for Government, the sector and other relevant stakeholders to deliver a higher education system that meets the current and future needs of the nation, and targets to achieve this.

The Panel will report to the Minister for Education throughout the review process, providing Government with an Interim Report in June 2023, and a Final Report to be delivered by December 2023.

Throughout the 12-month higher education review process, the Panel is engaging extensively across the higher education sector, with students, staff, researchers, industry, businesses, professions and governments to examine a range of issues. Understanding the voices of all people and organisations affected by, and interested in, the development of the Accord and the future of Australian higher education is a priority for the Panel.

Since late 2022, the Panel has been engaging with a broad range of stakeholders through targeted meetings, direct and one-on-one engagements, roundtables, a survey and submissions processes. Further consultation opportunities are planned for the remainder of 2023.

Current consultation opportunities

The Accord Interim Report has been released and is available for comment.

Further details on how to submit your response can be found on the Consultation on the Interim Report page.

Submissions in response to the Interim Report close on 1 September 2023, 11:59pm (AEST).

Previous consultations

Interested stakeholders and organisations were invited to complete a survey and make an initial submission outlining their priorities for the Accord in the context of the Terms of Reference between 24 November and 19 December 2022.

Accord priority submissions were published in February 2023.

Interested stakeholders and organisations were invited to provide submissions to the Accord Discussion Paper between 22 February 2023 and 11 April 2023. 

Accord Discussion Paper submissions were published in April 2023.