2021 Reform of Equity Funding
From 1 January 2021, equity funding will be reformed to support regional, remote and Indigenous students, as well as those from low socio-economic (SES) backgrounds.
Changes to the HEPPP
For the first time, Indigenous students and regional and remote students, alongside students from low SES backgrounds, will be recognised as key target groups in the distribution of equity funding through the HEPPP. Approximately 1205,000 additional students from regional and remote areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students will be able to benefit from measures put in place by their universities through HEPPP funding. Table A universities will be able to expand HEPPP–funded activities to support regional, remote and Indigenous students to access and complete higher education, providing a greater skill base for regional and remote communities.
In addition, a new Regional Partnerships Project Pool will provide $7.1 million over four years to support outreach activities that increase the aspiration of school students in regional Australia to attend university.
New Indigenous, Regional and Low SES Attainment Fund
The Job Ready Graduates package introduces a new Indigenous, Regional and Low SES Attainment Fund (IRLSAF) from 2021. The IRLSAF will fund universities to support Indigenous students and students from low SES and regional backgrounds by combining the HEPPP, regional loading, enabling loading and relevant elements of the National Institutes Grant.
For more information on the reform of equity funding, please see the More opportunities for regional students package FAQ.
Information on the evaluation of the HEPPP including the evaluation report is available at the link below:
HEPPP has three components:
- National Priorities Pool
The Participation component of HEPPP provides funding to universities to increase the participation of domestic students from low SES backgrounds in accredited undergraduate qualifications, and support the retention and success of those students. Funding is allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university.
Participation funding allocated to each university is shown in the following spreadsheet:
The Partnerships component of HEPPP provides funding to universities to raise the aspirations and build the capacity of people from low SES backgrounds to participate in higher education, by developing activities in partnership with primary and secondary schools, VET providers, other universities, State and Territory governments, community groups and other stakeholders.
Since 2013 funding has been allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university. Previously most Partnerships funding was allocated through competitive grants rounds. Projects funded through this component can be found on the following pages:
- HEPPP 2014 Partnerships projects
- HEPPP 2013 Partnerships projects
- HEPPP 2013 Partnerships Competitive Grants Round
- Nationally Significant Projects Addressing the Behrendt Review
- HEPPP 2011 Partnerships Competitive Grants Round
National Priorities Pool
The National Priorities Pool component provides funding for projects that support the more effective implementation of HEPPP nationally and at the institutional level.
HEPPP Access and Participation Plans
Access and Participation Plans are available at the link below:
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