Another Missed Opportunity? Underfunding Australian Higher Education

Anthony Welch


In the context of a long period of underfunded higher
education in Australia, the latest federal budget will do nothing to address the
problem. While the worst elements of former proposals were averted, the shifting of
more of the burden of repaying student loans on to students, as well as failing to
fund the full costs of research, and, in addition, imposing further “‘efficiency
dividends”’ on higher education institutions, will only add to institutional
pressures to diversify income, increasing international student fees.


Australia; budget; underfunding; cash cows; missed opportunity; student loans; international student income

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