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.