Report

Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 [Provisions]

28 October 2014

© Commonwealth of Australia 2014
ISBN 978-1-76010-090-2

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MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE (PDF 230KB)
 
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS (PDF 6KB)
 
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 4KB)
 
CHAPTER 1 - Background (PDF 105KB)

Reference
Conduct of the inquiry
Purpose and overview of the bill
Human rights implications
Financial Impact Statement
Acknowledgment
Notes on References

 
CHAPTER 2 - A brief history of education reform (PDF 170KB)

Context
Deregulation is not new
Challenges today
The reform package

 
CHAPTER 3 - Enhancing choice, innovation and access (PDF 395KB)

Deregulation of fees: striking the right balance
Addressing barriers to education
Addressing 'thin markets' in regional areas
Simplifying the Commonwealth contribution funding clusters

 
CHAPTER 4 - The future of HECS (PDF 159KB)

Ensuring financial stability and accessibility of HECS

 
CHAPTER 5 - Research excellence (PDF 202KB)

Building on our strengths
Investing for the future

 
CONCLUSION (PDF 79KB)
 
LABOR SENATORS’ DISSENTING REPORT (PDF 427KB)

Introduction
A breach of trust and good policy process
Is there a university funding crisis?
The Australian university system – world class
The real challenge: participation and diversity – Australia could do better
Repeating mistakes of the past: Australian and international experience with fee deregulation
$100,000 degrees will become a reality for Australian students
The impact of fee deregulation on students and the labour market
Let it rip - equity under unrestrained student fees
Regional adjustment package an admission of failure
A debt sentence for students and taxpayers
Alternative proposals for HELP indexation
Cuts to research training and fees for PhDs
Threats to research funding
Privatising Australian higher education risks large scale rorting and exploitation
Funding for sub bachelor degrees
Institutional autonomy
Failing the national interest test

 
AUSTRALIAN GREENS' DISSENTING REPORT (PDF 105KB)

Introduction
Substantive elements of the bill
Conclusion

 
APPENDIX 1 (PDF 96KB)
Submissions Received
Response to Questions on Notice
Additional Information
Tabled Documents
 
APPENDIX 2 - Public Hearings (PDF 85KB)

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Education and Employment Committees
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3521
Fax: +61 2 6277 5706
eec.sen@aph.gov.au