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.
Universities Australia strongly advocates that the Australian Government consider a coordinated approach to identifying and managing the risk of foreign interference in Australian universities. We are concerned the Bill is not proportionate to risk and would impose an onerous administrative impost on universities and on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Universities Australia welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee’s inquiry into the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020.
Universities Australia (UA) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission in advance of the Government’s 2020-21 Budget to be delivered in October. UA is the peak body for the university sector, representing Australia’s 39 comprehensive universities. Universities Australia’s members educate more than 1.4 million students and conduct research and development on behalf of the nation. Now, more than ever, Australia’s universities are central to our wellbeing and prosperity, as they help guide our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Universities Australia CEO Catriona Jackson said:
“We have no objections to the legislation’s objectives of transparency. But Australia’s Foreign Relations (State and Territory Arrangements) Bill will not meet this goal.”
The Senate has today passed the Government’s Job-Ready Graduates Bill, following a year of unprecedented challenges for Australia’s universities.