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Tertiary reforms to unleash potential of regional Australia

October 01, 2020

Original Article: https://ministers.dese.gov.au/tehan/tertiary-reforms-unleash-potential-regional-australia

The Coalition Government is providing an additional $400 million to increase opportunities for regional, rural and remote students to get a world-class education and support regional university campuses.

As part of the Government’s new package announced today, the Government will provide:

  • $5,000 to students from outer regional and remote areas to help pay the relocation costs when they move to study a Certificate IV qualification or higher, as well as improvements to Fares Allowance, to make it easier for relocated students to travel home during their first year of study.
  • $500 million to universities for programs that support Indigenous, regional and low SES students.
  • $48.8 million to fund research collaboration between regional universities, industry and other higher education partners.
  • $21 million to establish additional Regional University Centres throughout Australia.
  • 3.5 per cent growth in additional Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding to regional and remote university campuses.
  • Demand-driven funding to support more Indigenous students from regional and remote communities to go to university.

As part of this package, we will also appoint a Regional Education Commissioner to drive the Napthine reforms and support the implementation of the Government’s Regional Education Strategy.

The regional, rural and remote education initiatives announced today represent a key part of the Coalition Government’s delivery of the recommendations made in the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy.

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