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UMSU Continues Fight Against Deregulation

UMSU MEDIA RELEASE – 29th of APRIL – RESPONSE TO AFR ARTICLE

With the 2016 Federal budget being released next Tuesday, much speculation and fear has surrounded the Coalition’s plans for the Higher Education System. UMSU continues the fight against fee deregulation. Last night, the Australian Financial Review detailed a ‘softening’ of the package which is likely to be released in next week’s budget.

It will likely include:

  • Lowering the HECS payback threshold
  • 20% funding cut to the higher education sector
  • Cracking down on the use of the HECS scheme in the vocation education sector
  • Full or substantial cuts to the Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program
  • $11 million cut to promoting Excellence in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This will include massive cuts to important programs that help students from lower socio-economic backgrounds enter tertiary education and promote quality teaching, further eroding access to education.

UMSU remains opposed to any government measures that blocks access to education, grinds down quality of teaching and the creation of a two tiered system through any form of fee deregulation.

The AFR article referred to in this statement can be found here.