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Reducing government funding where higher fees are charged

Following the failure of the Government’s higher education package to pass the Parliament we now need to explore openly options for the future that that would:
substantially alter the current settings in a way that could be sustained for a decade or more;
complete open access to higher education, the fundamental change put in place since 2009, by incorporating sub-bachelor programs and including all registered higher education providers;
give universities and other providers a means to generate the needed revenue; and
make best use of Government investment within overall fiscal constraints.

The IRU supports further investigation of the Phillips-Chapman proposal to reduce Government funding should universities and other funded providers be permitted to raise fees above current levels. This proposal effectively means tests universities by the fees they raise. Read more…