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China FTA – for the win!

Universities say higher education will be one of the big winners in Australia and China’s historic free trade agreement (FTA), which includes frameworks that will expand mutual recognition of qualifications between the two countries. As part of the deal, finalised yesterday in ...

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AMA chief’s prognosis: painful fees

Medical students will probably be amongst those feeling the brunt of any increases to university fees under a deregulated system, one of the nation’s chief doctors has warned. Speaking to Campus Review ahead of the three-day Higher Education Reform Summit ...

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Exclusive podcast with professor Graeme Turner

In Campus Review’s latest podcast, UQ emeritus professor Graeme Turner explains why his landmark report Mapping the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences in Australia, is vital to the sector’s future viability. Recently launched at the National Press Club, the report ...

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No penalty rates no work, survey shows

Industries relying heavily on employees working outside the traditional 9–5 may face workforce problems if federal government proposals to remove penalty rates become reality, a new study has revealed. The report, released last week by University of SA researchers, found that employees’ decisions to ...

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ASQA, ACPET defend quality

The Australian Skills and Quality Authority and peak industry body the Australian Council of Private Education and Training have defended both the quality of vocational training and its regulation following the release of data revealing that just 1 in 5 providers has passed ...

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Reform deal not close as Senate breaks

The Coalition will spend the next three weeks negotiating with cross-bench senators over amendments to its higher-education reforms that would allow the government’s contentious legislation package to pass the upper house. A three-week break in parliamentary sitting follows the release ...

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Poll reveals public, academics disagree on reforms

A poll shows many academic staff are at odds with university leaders – and a majority of Australians – over the government’s higher-education reforms as the legislation continues its journey through the Senate. The results of a national survey released yesterday, carried ...

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Coalition shows yield on interest rates

The Coalition Government has given its clearest indication yet that it will drop plans to introduce real interest rates to HECS-HELP loans as it works to pass its higher-education reform bill through the Senate. In its eagerly anticipated report stemming ...

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