UA fully supports the ISSP. Increased flexibility for universities in allocating funding has improved the responsiveness and effectiveness of universities’ Indigenous programs. We believe that there is now an opportunity to further improve the flexibility of the program.
It was necessary and helpful — as a transitional measure — to include in the original program design a requirement to continue to offer services that had been supported under previous funding arrangements. Now that the ISSP is more established, and has been successful across the sector, the time has come to remove ‘legacy’ provisions and support greater flexibility in universities’ efforts to support Indigenous participation and success in higher education.