Improved support for regional higher education
The Government will commit $15 million over four years to assist in the establishment and maintenance of up to eight community-owned, regional study hubs across mainland Australia.
This reform recognises a key gap in university provision exists for remote students who wish or need to remain in their local regional area for study, but enrolments are not sufficient to justify a university establishing a campus.
These study hubs provide infrastructure such as study spaces, video conferencing, computing facilities and internet access as well as pastoral and academic support for students studying via distance at partner universities.
New arrangements for Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs)
Each university will receive an allocation of postgraduate CSPs in 2018, which will be documented in their funding agreement to be finalised by the end of 2017. From 2019, the Government will reallocate CSPs for postgraduate courses based on criteria informed by public and private benefits and how well institutions meet student needs
New arrangements for sub-bachelor courses
Under current arrangements, the Government decides how many students can receive a subsidy to study a sub-bachelor course at each university.
From 1 January 2018, each university will receive an allocation of sub-bachelor CSPs, which will be documented in their funding agreement by the end of 2017. From 2019, the Government will reallocate CSPs for sub-bachelor courses that focus on industry needs and fully articulate into a bachelor degree.
New arrangements for enabling courses
A new distribution mechanism for enabling courses will be implemented from 1 January 2019 to better match places to student need. The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) will continue at levels of funding that prevailed prior to those proposed in the Higher Education Reform Package.
In 2018, $133.8m is available for allocation to universities from the Participation and Partnerships components of the HEPPP. These funds will be allocated to universities in proportion to each university’s share of the total number of low SES (based on 2016 data).
For further information about how these reforms affect universities and private higher education providers, visit Provider FAQs.
For further information about how these reforms affect students, visit Study Assist.