11 April 2019

Return of demand-driven funding in Australia could come with strings

A Labor victory in May’s election could still see funding conditional on universities’ employability, diversity or research records.

10 April 2019

On higher education, Election 2019 offers voters a real choice

It’s the sharpest policy divide for decades. The Coalition offers flat funding and policy tinkering. Labor promises restored demand-driven funding and a major post-secondary education review.

28 February 2019

Beware performance funding schemes for teaching

The government proposes paying a small proportion of university teaching funding only to universities that meet performance indicator targets. These targets could include employment outcomes, student satisfaction, and enrollments from equity groups. This submission argues that performance funding schemes for teaching rarely work well.

28 February 2019

The Government is moving the wrong way on sub-bachelor student places

Diploma and associate degree courses usually provide academic credit towards another degree, meaning that the same subjects can count for both qualifications. However, a requirement of full academic credit would be a mistake as it undermines the diploma or associate degree as qualifications with independent purposes.

11 January 2019

Graduate employment is up, but finding a job can still take a while

Four years on from the worst new graduate employment outcomes ever, the 2018 statistics released today show cause for optimism. Although full-time employment rates remain well down on a decade ago, they are improving.

12 December 2018

Three things high school graduates should keep in mind when they have their ATAR

School leavers across Australia are getting their ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), and in coming weeks will get a chance to update their university course preferences. Here are three things they should keep in mind when finalising their preferences.

4 December 2018

Donor ban denies foreign students

With a ban on foreign political ­donors passed by parliament last week, international students will soon have fewer political rights in Australia. They could be banned from donating to campaigns to protect their interests in ­education, employment and ­migration.

16 November 2018

Vocational education can solve oversupply of graduates

In many wealthy countries, including Australia, 40% of young adults are likely to achieve a bachelor degree or above. But policy-makers and others wonder whether we might have too much of a good thing.

19 September 2018

Demand-driven funding not perfect, but it’s adaptable

The past five years have not been good for early career graduates in Australia. Professional employment rates and earnings are down in many disciplines. The higher education system’s reaction to these trends shows the strengths and weaknesses of the demand-driven funding system the ­Coalition ended and Labor promises to restore.

16 September 2018

Ad hoc ministerial decision making in education jeopardises private sector competition

Ripples are still spreading from the widely rorted VET FEE-HELP scheme, even though it ended in 2016. Fearing similar scandals in higher education, the government has imposed tough new rules for private higher education providers that risk undermining the alternative they offer to the public universities.