Information about the Inquiry

Inquiry into Rural and Regional access to Secondary and Tertiary Education Opportunities

Information about the Inquiry

On 16 June 2009 the Senate referred the following matters to the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport for inquiry and report.

An assessment of the adequacy of Government measures to provide equitable access to secondary and post-secondary education opportunities to students from rural and regional communities attending metropolitan institutions, and metropolitan students attending regional universities or technical and further education (TAFE) colleges, with particular reference to:

  1. the financial impact on rural and regional students who are attending metropolitan secondary schools, universities or TAFE;

  2. the education alternatives for rural and regional students wanting to study in regional areas;

  3. the implications of current and proposed government measures on prospective students living in rural and regional areas;

  4. the short- and long-term impact of current and proposed government policies on regional university and TAFE college enrolments;

  5. the adequacy of government measures to provide for students who are required to leave home for secondary or post-secondary study;

  6. the educational needs of rural and regional students;

  7. the impact of government measures and proposals on rural and regional communities; and

  8. other related matters.

The committee has decided that submissions and evidence to the committee's inquiry into the Social Security and Other Legislations Amendment (Income Support for Students) Bill 2009, in as far as they are relevant, will be considered as submissions and evidence to the inquiry into Rural and Regional access to Secondary and Tertiary Education Opportunities.

Submissions should be received by 07 August 2009. The reporting date is 29 October 2009. The Senate granted an extension of time for reporting until 11 December 2009. The committee agreed on 11 December 2009 to extend the report until 18 December 2009 (see interim report).

The Committee is seeking written submissions from interested individuals and organisations preferably in electronic form submitted online or sent by email to rrat.sen@aph.gov.au as an attached Adobe PDF or MS Word format document. The email must include full postal address and contact details.

Alternatively, written submissions may be sent to:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Notes to help you prepare your submission are available from the website at http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/wit_sub/index.htm. Alternatively, the Committee Secretariat will be able to help you with your inquiries and can be contacted on telephone +61 2 6277 3511 or facsimile +61 2 6277 5811 or by email to rrat.sen@aph.gov.au.

Inquiries from hearing and speech impaired people should be directed to Parliament House TTY number 02 6277 7799. Adobe also provides tools at http://access.adobe.com/ for the blind and visually impaired to access PDF documents. If you require any special arrangements to enable you to participate in the Committee's inquiry, please contact the Committee Secretariat.

Once the Committee accepts your submission, it becomes a confidential Committee document and is protected by Parliamentary Privilege. You must not release your submission without the Committee's permission. If you do, it will not be protected by Parliamentary Privilege. At some stage during the inquiry, the Committee normally makes submissions public and places them on its website. Please indicate if you want your submission to be kept confidential.


For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone:+61 2 6277 3511
Fax:+61 2 6277 5811
Email:rrat.sen@aph.gov.au

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