Universities Australia regularly makes submissions to government inquiries and reviews, 

Some earlier documents are only held in hard-copy - please contact our registry for details.


Response to the Draft National Strategy for International Education 3 Jun 2015
Universities Australia welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the development of a National Strategy for International Education. This whole-of-government strategy, endorsed and supported by education providers, is necessary to ensure the continued success of Australia in the delivery of international education services and the ongoing internationalisation of Australia’s education and research agenda.
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Response to the Re:Think tax discussion paper 3 Jun 2015
Australia’s university system is a crucial part of the nation’s knowledge infrastructure, educating our workforce, underpinning our research and innovation capacity. An adequately funded and resourced university sector plays an important role in driving Australia’s international competitiveness and productive capability.
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Productivity Commission Study into Barriers to Growth in Australian Services Exports 21 May 2015
Education services are Australia’s largest services export. While international education services were addressed in the recent Productivity Commission Report, there remain barriers to growth not addressed within the paper, especially those related to the research agenda and the recruitment of overseas academic talent.
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Inquiry into the Commonwealth Indigenous Advancement Strategy Tendering Process 11 May 2015
The university sector has been highly critical of the competence and quality of the first competitive grant round for the Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). It has been compromised as a consequence of a failure to consult with key stakeholders and inadequate planning, leading to poor implementation, inadequate communication, unrealistic timeframes, and inadequate consideration being given to transitional arrangements.
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Ongoing scrutiny into the implementation of the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 18 Mar 2015
There has been significant work undertaken since the introduction of the original legislation and the amendments proposed address the major concerns raised by the university sector. The university sector notes the short timeframes for this submission process, but agrees that this issue needs to be considered as soon as possible. The university sector strongly advocates for the passing of the Amendment Bill within this sitting period, as the offence provisions under the original Act are due to commence on 16 May 2015.
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