Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

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The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so. It provides funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates of those students.

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.

HEPPP Evaluation

Information on the evaluation of the HEPPP including the evaluation report is available at the link below:

HEPPP Evaluation

Current HEPPP

The legislative authority for HEPPP is provided by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the HEPPP guidelines are contained in the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012.

HEPPP has three components:

  • Participation
  • Partnerships
  • National Priorities Pool

Participation Component

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:

Partnerships Component

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:

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.

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2018

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2014

HEPPP Access and Participation Plans

Access and Participation Plans are available at the link below:

HEPPP Access and Participation Plans

Further information

For further information, please contact the department at equity@dese.gov.au

News

The following is a list of all the news items that are associated with Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

Equity Research and Innovation Panel

News | 20 March 2018

The department has established the Equity Research and Innovation Panel, an initiative funded through the 2017 National Priorities Pool component of the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP).

Helping disadvantaged Australians succeed at university

News | 4 February 2016

Twenty-one projects from 12 universities have been awarded funding of $2.4 million through the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) National Priorities Pool.