Senate must back student income support package

The Senate is being urged to pass legislation enabling equitable access and participation in university education through better targeted student income support.

Chair of Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Professor Sandra Harding said legislation needed to be passed now by the Senate to ensure the money starts flowing to students next year.

She said that the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 was vitally important to ensuring that a university education is open to all Australians, including those who are financially disadvantaged or live in rural and regional areas.

Senate urged to support student income support package

Legislation enabling equitable access and participation in university education through better targeted student income support must be supported unamended by the Senate according to a key group of universities.

Chair of Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Professor Sandra Harding said the legislation – the Social Security and Other Legislation Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009 – before the Senate is vitally important to ensuring that a university education is open to all Australians, including those who are financially disadvantaged or live in rural and regional areas.

“All seven IRU universities particularly commend the introduction of student start-up scholarships for all students in receipt of Youth Allowance or Austudy,” Professor Harding, Vice Chancellor of James Cook University said.