Consultation Paper on 'Support for students policy' requirements

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The Australian Government has committed to an Australian Universities Accord to drive lasting and transformative reform in Australia’s higher education system. The Accord Interim Report, released on 19 July 2023, outlines a vision for the future of Australia’s higher education system and contains five recommendations for priority action.

Priority Action 2 is the removal of the pass rate requirements, which applied for independent higher education providers from 1 January 2018, and for public universities from 1 January 2022 and required students to pass 50 per cent of their units of study in their course to maintain access to Commonwealth assistance.

Legislation to remove the pass rate requirements is currently before Parliament.

Subject to its passage, accountability and reporting requirements for higher education providers will be strengthened through the new requirement that higher education providers have and comply with a Support for students policy.  

The legislation ensures that students at risk of failing their courses are identified, and students, particularly equity students, are properly supported to study successfully.

Specific requirements around what the Support for students policy must include and new reporting requirements for higher education providers will be set out in the Higher Education Provider Guidelines.

Making a submission in response to the Support for students policy

Stakeholders are now invited to consider the Government’s proposed policy approach to the Guidelines, as set out in the Support for students policy consultation paper, and to identify any practical issues associated with implementation.

Written submissions sharing your views can be provided on the Support for students policy requirements submissions form below.

Submissions close on 22 September 2023, 11:59pm (AEST).

Any questions about your submission can be directed to

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