As the peak body representing Australia’s 39 comprehensive universities, UA worked closely with the government on the development of the Startup Year program, and the introduction of this bill was welcomed by our members.
In our original submission to the Government’s Startup Year consultation, UA recommended that the Government establish a working group to work through some of the constraints outlined in the consultation paper:
- the purpose of the program,
- the value proposition for students,
- funding arrangements and
- implementation issues.
UA thanks the Government for addressing several of the issues raised by stakeholders through the consultation process. While further clarification has been provided, UA continues to recommend that the Government establish a working group and/or work with the university sector to address outstanding issues