Dan Tehan did way more than horrify the HASS community with an eye-watering increase in what students will pay for a humanities degree on Friday. In other announcements, there is new money for Indigenous and regional education, plus $900m for a HE-industry linkage programme
In a speech to the National Press Club, Mr Tehan announced;
* $500m per annum for university programmes helping Indigenous, regional and low SES students, “to get into university and graduate.”
* “a further” $900m for a National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund, “to support universities to produce job-ready graduates for their local industries and communities.” Funding will be linked to performance metrics,
* a “guaranteed” bachelor degree place for Indigenous students from regional and remote areas, “at any public university. (Funding for places is additional to Commonwealth Grants Scheme payments.)
* a $48m research fund for regional universities to partner with industry on research
* a regional education commissioner, as recommended in the Napthine Strategy.
* an unspecified number of new Regional University Centres, adding to the existing 25.