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Our Education Our Futures

The Senate will soon consider the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017. The proposed new funding cuts will seriously impair regional universities' ability to deliver quality higher education and support to already disadvantaged students in an already harsh funding environment.

The Bill will:

  • rip a massive $2.8 billion from universities across Australia;
  • require all universities to lift student fees;
  • reduce retrospectively the HECS repayment salary threshold from $53,000 to just $42,000 for all students and former students; and
  • introduce fees for tertiary preparation courses to disadvantaged potential ...

The Senate will soon consider the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017. The proposed new funding cuts will seriously impair regional universities' ability to deliver quality higher education and support to already disadvantaged students in an already harsh funding environment.

The Bill will:

  • rip a massive $2.8 billion from universities across Australia;
  • require all universities to lift student fees;
  • reduce retrospectively the HECS repayment salary threshold from $53,000 to just $42,000 for all students and former students; and
  • introduce fees for tertiary preparation courses to disadvantaged potential students.

As a predominantly regional university, Southern Cross University has many students from backgrounds of low socio-economic standing and other entrenched disadvantage. Many of our students are single parents, or the children of single parents. Many of our students are the first person in their entire family ever to enter university. Many of our students never completed high school, let alone achieved a high Tertiary Education Ranking. Many of our students are Indigenous Australians.

The proposed changes will significantly impact students, teaching, services and staffing levels at our university, one of the largest employers in the north coast region of NSW. The cuts will discourage study in the most critical employment roles in regional Australia, including nursing, teaching, social work, health, science and engineering. The introduction of fees to enabling courses will place a tertiary education pathway out of reach for many mature age students, Aboriginal students and people from lower socioeconomic status groups, limiting access to these critical employment roles for local people in our regional communities.

You can make a difference by writing to cross bench senators and urge them to vote against the Bill, to protect our education and our future.

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Senator Stirling Griff

Senator Skye Moore

Senator Derryn Hinch

Senator Nick Xenophon

Senator Jacqui Lambie