Commonwealth Master Plan for Higher Education
Australians have always expected their country to be a place where they could find a fair go, getting ahead with their families. The first step in getting a fair go in ensuring Australians have access to high quality higher education, whether it be through universities, community college or technical colleges. For too long, Australians have found getting a degree massively unaffordable, saddling students with nearly $80,000 of debt before they have a shot at getting the high wage jobs that they trained for in university. That ends with the Commonwealth Master Plan for Higher Education. With the Clinton Government's plan for higher education, we enter a new contract with the youth of Australia. We will guarantee each student currently in university that they will have a place at our nation's institutions as long as they have the dreams to achieve.
The Hon. Tanya Plibersek, MP
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Education
The Hon. Simon Crean, MP
Minister for Business, Science, Innovation and SkillsThree Systems for Higher Education
We will reorganise the current universities and technical colleges into three unified systems:The University of Australia system. For students who are in the top 10% of all high school and secondary college students in year 12 on the ATAR, finishing SSCE's, they gain automatic access to the University of Australia schools. They are:The University of Australia, SydneyThe University of Australia, MelbourneThe University of Australia, NewcastleThe University of Australia, Southern QueenslandThe University of Australia, TasmaniaThe University of Australia, CanberraThe University of Australia, Western AustraliaThe University of Australia, National (Canberra)The University of Australia, MonashThe University of Australia, AdelaideThe University of Australia, QueenslandThe University of Australia, New South WaleThe Australian State University system. Students who are in the top 30% of all high school and secondary college students in year 12 on the ATAR, finishing SSCE's gain automatic entry into the Australian State University system. The schools are as followsAustralian State University, MacquarieAustralian State University, Western SydneyAustralian State University, VictoriaAustralian State University, TownsvilleAustralian State University, CairnsAustralian State University, BrisbaneAustralian State University, LoganAustralian State University, Perth-MurdochAustralian State University, Sunshine CoastThe Australian Community University and Technical Institute system. All students who complete SSCE's may gain automatic entry into the ACU and ATI systems. Australian State University and University of Australia branch technical institutes may apply selective practices on their institutes. State and Commonwealth AssistanceTo achieve these enrolment figures at the start of the 2018 school year, the Commonwealth and State and Territory governments will assist all students in achieving college by eliminating the need for money as a way to achieve success. Beginning in 2018, all students enrolled in a university, community university, or technical institute will not have to pay admission fees.Outstanding balances will not be absorbed by the university, state government, or Commonwealth government. If students de-enroll from any of the three systems, the offer of tuition compensation is revoked. International students must meet equivalent standards, and payment arrangements must be met either with individuals or with national governments depending on the situation of tertiary education in the country of origin for the student.This arrangement has been agreed to by the state Premiers, the Prime Minister of Australia, and the coordinating ministers of education and skills at the federal and state/territory level.CostingsThe cost of the system is estimated to be $180 billion for the 2017-2018 budget.The result is $22,500 per student enrolled in the system.The Commonwealth will provide $120 billion of the $180 billion.