Legislation for a demand-driven higher education system
The Higher Education Support Act Amendment (Demand-Driven System and Other Measures) Bill is intended to bring into effect the Government’s commitment to uncap the supply of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) in universities, as recommended by the Bradley Review. The Bill qualifies the commitment, by setting up mechanisms to limit growth in places and Commonwealth spending, should this become necessary in the future. The Go8 views this as sensible public policy. However a more effective policy framework would open access to CSPs to a wider range of providers, and would reconfigure both Commonwealth and student contributions to provide for flexibility, choice and value for the student’s and the Government’s dollar.
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