Budget: not much ado about nothing much

Higher education

The government’s 20 000 new UG places are announced for the second, unless it is the third time.

Ditto, the proposed Universities Accord, which will “deliver recommendations to drive accessibility, affordability, quality, certainty and sustainability in the higher education sector.” And there is $2.7m to drive the process – over two year, which may alarm people hoping for quick change.


All as previously announced. But we now know much anticipated Jobs and Skills Australia will have $12.9m over three years. And losing the training package assurance function will cost ASQA $15, over four