| Education, Funding, Research

Government risks undermining its achievements

The 2013 Budget confirms the Government’s cuts to higher education investment. These put at risk the success of its higher education reforms through reducing the value of funding for university education, turning a payment to students eligible for Youth Allowance into a loan that will add to their debts at graduation, and discouraging professionals from up-skilling.

The Government has supported a major expansion in university places which means that all Australians with the capability and interest in university study can enrol at university. For this to work universities need the resourcing for high quality education that keeps pace with the requirements of the digital age and rapid changes in professional knowledge and skills.