On 12 November 2018, as part of its $134.8 million Regional Education Package to increase support for regional students, the Australian Government increased funding for the Regional Study Hubs program to a total of $24.2 million. The allocated funding supports the establishment and operation of 16 community‑owned study hubs at 23 locations across rural, regional and remote Australia.
On 29 April 2019, the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Education, announced further funding of $15 million to establish an additional five study hubs as part of the Australian Government's Plan for Regional Australia.
What is a Regional Study Hub?
A Regional Study Hub is a facility that regional students can use to study tertiary courses locally delivered by distance from any Australian institution. Hubs provide:
- Infrastructure including; Study spaces; break out areas, video conferencing, computing facilities and high-speed internet access.
- Administrative and academic support services such as developing writing and researching skills, managing administrative processes
- Student support services, including; pastoral support, study advice and assisting with accessing student services.
Regional Study Hubs objectives
The Regional Study Hubs program aims to:
- enable students in rural, regional and remote Australia to access and complete higher education without having to leave their community;
- meet a demonstrated gap in support for study in a regional, rural or remote community;
- support students who wish to stay in their community while they complete their course of study;
- enhance the experience of students studying within their own community;
- encourage strong links with between the Hubs and other organisations in the area, including other support services that students may access and industry; and
- complement, rather than replace, existing and planned university investments and activities in regional areas, such as satellite campuses and study centres.
There is a range of different study hub models reflecting the communities they serve, such as;
- Geographic location of the study hub in relation to the community;
- Population size, demographic and cultural needs of the local community;
- Local industry and businesses in the area, and the skills required by these organisations; and
- Location of local TAFE and VET providers.
Where are the Regional Study Hubs?
Successful study hubs and locations were announced on 12 November 2018 following a competitive grants process that ran from May-June 2018. There were 16 successful study hub recipients in all states and the Northern Territory.
A new competitive grants round will be announced soon.
Current hub locations
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