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.
In February 2016, Universities Australia began the Respect. Now. Always. initiative to prevent sexual violence in university communities.
Universities Australia has developed many programs and frameworks to support the mental health and wellbeing of students and staff, some of which are detailed in this section.
Universities Australia has partnered with eSafety to combat online abuse and its impact on students and staff at universities.
On 10 November, UA made a short submission made by UA to TEQSA’s consultation on its draft compliance guides on scholarship, work-integrated learning and admissions (coursework). These guides are updated and simplified versions of publications previously known as TEQSA Guidance Notes. Although UA supports streamlining and simplification of these publications, we have expressed concern that the proposed title of ‘compliance guides’ may not accurately reflect the purpose and status of the documents, and have accordingly suggested some minor revisions.
Universities Australia understands and strongly supports the Government’s drive to lift economic prosperity and strengthen society through research commercialisation. We also understand that the Government wishes to expedite the introduction of the framework.
The combination of speed, lack of broad consultation during development and mandated legal agreements that have not yet been widely reviewed by the sector is, however, problematic.
Higher education continues to unlock employment and economic advancement. This is especially so for Indigenous university graduates, who typically outperform their non-Indigenous peers in graduate labour market outcomes – meaning there is no employment gap for university graduates.
The ISEP design process is an opportunity to acknowledge and support the role a university education plays in positive employment outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Universities Australia has acknowledged the release of the Federal Government’s 10-year whole-of-sector international education strategy as a step towards recovery.
Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson today welcomed the Federal Government’s Trailblazer Universities Initiative which will invest $242.7 million in collaborative research.