Higher Education Budget

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Just in case you’ve not caught up with the announcements yesterday, here are the ‘highlights’:

  • 1.8% increase in student fees each year from 2018 to 2021, totalling 7.5% by 2021. Examples of how this would look in different UG degrees are summarised below.

    Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 7.03.02 am.pngSource: The Age 02.05.2017

  • Student contribution to increase from 42% to 46%.
  • HECS repayment threshold lowered from $55,000 to $42,000.
  • 2.5% ‘efficiency dividend’ to be applied to universities in 2018 and 2019.
  • 7.5% of Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding to be contingent on performance – initially focused on admissions requirements, then extended in 2019 to “performance metrics such as student outcomes and satisfaction, transparency and financial management with a formula to be developed in consultation with universities. Legislation will require that any funds withheld be reinvested into well performing universities, new equity measures or additional research funding.” Source
  • $592 million allocated to the Higher Education Partnership and Participation Program (HEPPP).
  • Commonwealth Supported Places in approved diploma, advanced diploma and associate degrees.
  • Some changes to funding for enabling programs.
  • Extra funding for work experience courses in a push to improve student work-readiness.

The total package is designed to save the Government $2.8 billion over the next four years. The reforms rely in part on a Deloitte Access Economics report on the cost of delivery of Higher Education – available here.

Full details of the proposed reforms are available here.

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