Home | Policy & Reform (page 30)

Policy & Reform

STEM programs need HELP: Norton

Labor’s new higher education policy should not wipe the HELP debts of STEM graduates, a policy expert has claimed. In his mixed critique of Labor’s new policy, Andrew Norton, higher education program director at the Grattan Institute, said ridding 100,000 ...

More »

Labor unveils $2.5 billion higher-education plan

A Labor government would increase the number of students completing their university studies by 20,000 each year from 2018, as part the party’s new higher education policy worth more than $2.5 billion, education spokesman Kim Carr announced. Carr said that ...

More »

Overseas HECS debtors set to pay up

The federal government may soon begin recouping millions of dollars in unpaid HECS loans following the introduction of legislation that would force many overseas-based Australian graduates to make repayments. Under long debated existing laws, Australians living and working overseas are ...

More »

Musical chairs in Canberra, but deregulation still looms

The installation of Malcolm Turnbull as the nation’s latest prime minister is unlikely to change the government’s higher education reform plans, despite the touted movement of Christopher Pyne to the defence portfolio as part of a Cabinet reshuffle. Answering questions ...

More »

Stop cuts to VET: Labor

Labor has slammed the Abbott Government for the large decline in apprentices since its election in September 2013. New figures from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research show apprentices in training in September 2013 totalled 417,700. This is compared with ...

More »

Next government must secure higher-ed future

Regardless of which party takes the next election, the next government will face the challenge of ensuring the long-term sustainability of the higher education sector, a senior departmental official has warned. Speaking as part of a policy debate at the Futureproof ...

More »

Unis must enhance lifelong learning options: Brungs

One of Australia’s leading vice-chancellors has urged universities to prepare graduates for lifelong learning through more diverse education offerings and a rethinking of traditional study and career timelines. Speaking at the Futureproof Now conference, hosted in Sydney on Wednesday by Campus Review, UTS ...

More »