Efficiency & Governance

A vigorous program of micro-economic reform must be pursued to improve productivity and efficiency and to enable sustainable growth. This will need action from universities, their staff and governments. 'Australian universities are probably subject to more reporting requirements than any other type of organisational entity. Policies should set broad rules and ensure minimum quality and standards, but regulation should be proportionate to risk and support university autonomy. Cutting red tape can free universities to innovate and deliver high-quality teaching and research, while saving millions of dollars for both government and universities.

Efficiency & Governance News & Articles

Concern at US executive order 30 Jan 2017
Universities Australia has expressed concern about the impact of the new US executive order on the free exchange of students, academics and researchers between Australia and the United States of America.
Era of uncertainty must end: safeguard universities in 2017 budget 24 Jan 2017
Universities Australia has counselled against a dramatic overhaul of the nation’s university system, using its pre-Budget submission to urge greater policy and funding certainty in higher education.

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Efficiency & Governance Submissions & Reports

UA’s submission to the Medical Workforce Assessment 24 Jan 2017
UA recognises that there is a current maldistribution of medical workforce to rural areas of Australia. UA supports adequate access to health professionals across the range of Australian locations and health care settings and recognises the role that universities play in developing Australia’s medical and other health professional workforce.
2017–18 Pre-budget submission 24 Jan 2017
A profound shift is underway across the Australian economy. As the mining investment boom recedes, we face an urgent task to broaden growth and diversify the economy. Decisions taken now will shape Australia’s living standards, job security and social cohesion in the years ahead.

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