SUBMISSION REGARDING THE HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPORT AMENDMENT (RESPONSE TO THE AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES ACCORD
25 August 2023
25 AUGUST 2023 CHARLES STURT UNIVERSITY | CQUNIVERSITY | FEDERATION UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA | SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND | UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND | UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES NETWORK ABOUT REGIONAL UNIVERSITIES NETWORK The Regional Universities Network (RUN) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission regarding the Higher Education Sup. [...] This submission reflects the positions of RUN institutions, and in doing so, also aims to represent the views of those students and communities which RUN universities serve; the one-third of Australians who live outside of metropolitan centres in Regional, Rural and Remote locations. [...] RUN also recommends considering which aspects of student support measures would be best placed inside of the Bill versus which to include in Guidelines to best achieving the policy intentions of the Bill. [...] There is a real risk that putting the measures to which universities will be held accountable in the Guidelines could result in the measures being changed to suit political need rather than driving the policy reform they seek to achieve. [...] Given the proposed Guidelines remain in the early stages of consultation, RUN believes passing the Bill before the consultation process of the Guidelines is complete is poor process and it is difficult to support the passing of the Bill when so much uncertainty about the particulars of the Guidelines remains.