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Keep it clever

In 2013, Universities Australia released A Smarter Australia: An agenda for higher education 2013–2016 (the UA Policy Statement).

This document outlined the policy reforms needed for the sector to deliver in the best interests of students and the nation. Although the external environment in which universities operate is constantly changing, the UA Policy Statement has proved to be resilient in its relevance. It continues to represent the higher education sector’s view on the policy platform needed to support a strong, dynamic and responsive national university system. This 2016 UA Policy Statement—Keep it Clever—should be read in conjunction with the UA Policy Statement A Smarter Australia.

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Teaching, Learning & Funding

Teaching and learning is a fundamental part of the mission of Australia’s universities.

Through educating the next generation, universities make a strong contribution to our economic prosperity, social wellbeing and our communities.

Australia’s great university educators not only prepare students for the careers that await — they also spark a deep passion for ideas, knowledge and evidence in those they teach.

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International

International education is an Australian success story.

It enhances the international outlook of Australian universities, delivers strong benefits to the Australian economy—supporting local jobs and wages—and strengthens our soft diplomacy ties with the world.

International students choose Australia because we offer a high-quality university education, in one of the safest places in the world, with a great quality of life.

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Research & Innovation

University research and innovation drives economic growth, national productivity and the wellbeing of all Australians.

University research not only leads to new products and new industries, it also informs public debate,  improves our health and wellbeing and helps solve our most complex problems. It adds to our understanding of our history, culture, society and appreciation of the world around us.

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Diversity & Equity

Universities work hard to ensure higher education and research are accessible to everyone.

Over the past decade, there have been strong increases in university participation by students from groups that are traditionally under-represented.

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Safety & Wellbeing

At every Australian university, safety and wellbeing is a top priority.

Universities Australia works actively to help support all member universities to enhance efforts at each institution and at the sector level to keep students and staff safe.

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Health

Australia’s health system is founded on a quality workforce of skilled, capable health professionals.

The majority of these are educated in Australian universities. Universities Australia supports the sector in developing a strong health workforce as the foundation of our health services in Australia.

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Copyright

As education and research institutions, copyright laws and policy can have a major impact on universities.

As the peak body for the sector, Universities Australia advocates for reasonable copyright law reform, engages with government on copyright matters and monitors wider policy matters related to copyright.

Universities Australia also manages the statutory licence which allows educational institutions such as universities to copy limited content for educational purposes.

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