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ERIC Number: ED536210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Legislation for a Demand-Driven System. Go8 Backgrounder 22
Group of Eight (NJ1)
One of several important pieces of higher education legislation in Parliament in 2011 is the "Higher Education Support Act Amendment ("Demand-Driven System and Other Measures") Bill". As its title makes clear, this Bill is intended to bring into effect the Government's commitment (announced in March 2009) 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 Group of Eight (Go8)--like other higher education stakeholders--views this as sensible public policy. Proposed changes will contain the future fiscal impact of growth in the system and reduce incentives to badly planned growth. While the Government's decision not to proceed with a fully uncapped system is welcome, the approach set out in the Bill continues to rely completely on the public university sector to accommodate growth in demand at common funding rates. A more effective policy framework would adopt Bradley's further recommendations to 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. (Contains 1 table and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Group of Eight (Australia)
Identifiers - Location: Australia