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.
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
- Increasing the student share of higher education
- New repayment arrangements for HELP loans
Factsheets: More choices for students
- New arrangements for enabling courses
- Changes to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program
- Scholarship system for postgraduate coursework places
- Regional study hubs
- New arrangements for sub-bachelor courses
- Expansion of support for 'work experience in industry' units
Factsheets: Increased transparency and accountability
- Performance contingent funding for universities
- Increased transparency for universities
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).