Universities Australia regularly makes submissions to government inquiries and reviews, 

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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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Senate Committee Inquiry into the Principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014, and Related Matters 3 Mar 2015
On 11 February 2015, the Senate referred an inquiry into the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014, alternatives to deregulation and related matters to the Education and Employment References Committee for inquiry and report by 17 March 2015. Universities Australia calls on Senators to work with the Government to pass the Bill with amendments to reduce uncertainty and secure a high quality Australian higher education system that is accessible, financially sustainable, and affordable for both students and taxpayers.
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Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 27 Feb 2015
On 12 February, the Senate referred the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 (the Bill) to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for inquiry and report. Universities Australia’s position in relation to the Bill is unchanged from that developed in response to the original Bill introduced by the Government in August 2014, noting that the new Bill has addressed a number of concerns raised by the sector. An important exception has been in relation to the magnitude of the proposed 20 per cent cut to per student funding. Universities Australia encourages Senators to work with the Government to further amend and pass the Bill in the interests of reducing uncertainty and securing a high quality Australian higher education system that is accessible, financially sustainable, and affordable for both students and taxpayers.
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