Australian Government - White Papers

  • Making Australia's Healthcare Network Fair

    I have had the pleasure of working in the Clinton Government as the Minister for Health and Social Care, and we have ended our consultation period with the state and territory governments to unveil the new hospital system across Australia. For too long, if one moved from state to state, and from territory to territory, the health system would be entirely different. Information would become inaccessible across those lines and people's lives were held in the balance.; With our National Prescription Scheme, we have moved forward to propose the first Medicare Hospital and Care System. This system would address the needs of information and resources across the country by creating the first truly national hospital and social care system in Australia.

    Malarndirri McCarthy, MP

    Minister for Health

    Creating A Fairer Australian System

    • Funding for the Medicare Hospital and Care System (MHC) would come from the federal government at a rate of 60%, with state and territory governments providing the remaining 40%. This parity means that at both levels, there is an accountability and ability to work together.
    • Access to all hospitals in the MHC System would continue to be free at the point of use and billing practices will continue to be in line with Medicare policies on bulk billing for other services.
    • The benchmark of quality of care will be applied nationally and enforced nationally rather than relying on state and territory governments to come up with standards.

    Greater Resources

    • Resources will be made available in the MHC System across state and territory lines.
    • Human resource will also be made available to the MHC System across state and territory lines.
    • The MHC System will build approximately 30 new hospitals and 50 new social care centres.
    • The MHC System will hire up to 1,000 more general practitioners, 1,500 more paediatricians, 3,000 more nurses, and ensure there is no bed sharing at any facility in the system.
    • The MHC System will also include specialists like dentists, chiropractors, and

    More Choices for Families

    • Through creating the MHC System, families across Australia will have more choice in where they receive care.
    • More hospitals, specialists, GPs, and social care facilities will be accessible locally for families.
    • Australians will be able to fluidly transfer from facility to facility, allowing families to seek out the best specialist care in the country and have access to it.

  • 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 Skills

    Three Systems for Higher Education

    We will reorganise the current universities and technical colleges into three unified systems:

    1. 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:
      1. The University of Australia, Sydney
      2. The University of Australia, Melbourne
      3. The University of Australia, Newcastle
      4. The University of Australia, Southern Queensland
      5. The University of Australia, Tasmania
      6. The University of Australia, Canberra
      7. The University of Australia, Western Australia
      8. The University of Australia, National (Canberra)
      9. The University of Australia, Monash
      10. The University of Australia, Adelaide
      11. The University of Australia, Queensland
      12. The University of Australia, New South Wale
    2. The 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 follows
      1. Australian State University, Macquarie
      2. Australian State University, Western Sydney
      3. Australian State University, Victoria
      4. Australian State University, Townsville
      5. Australian State University, Cairns
      6. Australian State University, Brisbane
      7. Australian State University, Logan
      8. Australian State University, Perth-Murdoch
      9. Australian State University, Sunshine Coast
    3. The 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 Assistance

    1. To 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.
    2. Outstanding balances will not be absorbed by the university, state government, or Commonwealth government.
    3. If students de-enroll from any of the three systems, the offer of tuition compensation is revoked.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.


    1. The cost of the system is estimated to be $180 billion for the 2017-2018 budget.
    2. The result is $22,500 per student enrolled in the system.
    3. The Commonwealth will provide $120 billion of the $180 billion.