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.

The graduate effect 3 May 2016
The graduate effect
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The graduate effect: higher education spillovers to the Australian workforce 2 May 2016
The Australian economy is undergoing a major transition. A shift is underway from the mining construction boom era—in which significant resources were applied to the development of our natural resources— to a new phase in our history. We are now faced with the challenge of diversifying our economy and seizing new opportunities through innovation, entrepreneurship and greater integration within our region. The development of our human capital—the skills and smarts of our people—is now a crucial element of Australia’s economic development into the future.
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Inquiry into domestic violence and gender inequality 12 Apr 2016
Our universities recognise that domestic violence and gender inequality is a significant social issue and that all parts of the community need to take action to reduce and eliminate violence against women and gender inequality. Over many years—both individually and collectively - Australia’s universities have implemented numerous policies, programs and processes to ensure the safety of the university community.
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Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy 25 Mar 2016
Australia is experiencing a period of profound economic and social change occurring at a rate not seen since the industrial revolution. The new knowledge economy requires unprecedented economic and labour market agility. It is estimated that 40 per cent of existing jobs are likely to disappear in the next 10–15 years.1 The challenge is to ensure that these are replaced with jobs that emerge from reconfigured and new industries, as well as through the creation of new and innovative ideas.
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Inquiry into Australia’s Future in Research and Innovation 2 Mar 2016
Universities play an essential role in driving Australia’s international competitiveness and productive capability. Effective investment in the university sector is critical to building and maintaining goodwill, trade and investment. Australian universities are also the major providers of education services to international students, an $18 billion export industry. Universities provide skilled graduates, underpin our research and innovation efforts, and are the cornerstone in delivering education services internationally.
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