Consultation on the Accord Terms of Reference

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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, providing an interim report on priority actions by June 2023, with a final report to be delivered by December 2023.

Throughout the next 12 months, the Panel will engage extensively across the higher education sector, with students, staff, researchers, industry, businesses, professions, 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.

The Terms of Reference set out seven key priorities:

  1. Meeting Australia’s knowledge and skills needs, now and in the future
  2. Access and opportunity
  3. Investment and affordability
  4. Governance, accountability and community
  5. The connection between the vocational education and training and higher education systems
  6. Quality and sustainability
  7. Delivering new knowledge, innovation and capability

Understanding the priorities to be explored through this process in the context of the review Terms of Reference is critical to informing the work of the Panel and the release of a Discussion Paper in early 2023.

Interested stakeholders and organisations are invited to make a submission on their priorities for the Accord in the context of the Terms of Reference.

This is one of several calls for submission processes to be undertaken over the course of the review.

This initial submission process, on the priorities of the review in the context of the Terms of Reference, will close 19 December 2022.

Please see a letter from Prof Mary O’Kane, Chair of the Australian Universities Accord Panel, inviting submissions from stakeholders.

You can share your views and priorities for the higher education review in two ways:

  1. Accord Submission
  2. Accord Stakeholder Survey

Further consultation opportunities will be on this page as they become available.