2017-18 Budget student factsheets

Page updated 6 November 2017

On 1 May 2017, the Australian Government announced its higher education reform package as part of the 2017-18 Budget. The reforms will protect Australia's higher education system by focussing on three key themes: Improving the sustainability of higher education, More choices for students, and Increased transparency and accountability. Dedicated factsheets on the student measures of these themes are attached below.

Status update

The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017 remains in the Senate. The Government is currently considering options as reforming the higher education system remains a priority, both to maintain and enhance Australia’s world-class higher education sector, and to ensure future funding arrangements remain sustainable, in line with the reforms announced in the 2017-18 Budget. More information about the Bill is available here.

Factsheets: Improving the sustainability of higher education

  • Extending HELP loans to most New Zealand citizens and permanent residents

     NZ/PR  factsheetPDF 349KB

  • Increasing the student share of higher education

    Increase in SCsPDF 352KB

  • New repayment arrangements for HELP loans

    HELP repaymentsPDF 465KB

Factsheets: More choices for students

Factsheets: Increased transparency and accountability

  • Performance contingent funding for universities

    Performance contingent funding for universitiesPDF 214KB

  • Increased transparency for universities

    Increased transparency for universitiesPDF 236KB

For more information on these measures, you can also visit the Higher Education Reform - Student FAQs page.

To read the complete package of all the proposed measures, you can visit the Department of Education and Training Higher Education Reform Package webpage (opens in a new tab).