University Participation & Quality

Increasing and broadening Australians’ opportunities to attend university is central to Universities Australia’s vision for a smarter Australia. Increasing participation in higher education is not only necessary for restructuring the economy, meeting the need for a more highly educated workforce, and diversifying our industrial base, but also contributes to a fairer society.

Increasing the number of students in higher education will not be at the expense of quality. Universities have, and will continue to maintain, robust internal quality assurance mechanisms and processes. These are in turn bolstered and supported by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency which assesses institutions against a range of national standards developed by the Higher Education Standards Panel.

Universities Australia's Policy Principles

  • Increasing participation in higher education is necessary to ensure that Australia’s future skills needs are met, national productivity  improves, and a high-income economy is sustained. 
  • The opportunity to complete a university qualification by Australian citizens is not restricted by the capacity to pay, socio-economic background, location, ethnicity, sex, disability or religion. 
  • Australian universities foster social responsibility and an open, fair, tolerant and cohesive society. 
  • Australian universities support mutually beneficial partnerships with business, the professions and the community to build social capital and community cohesion and well-being. 
  • Australian universities provide flexible options for learning, eliminating participation barriers for students who have work, family or other commitments and who live in regional and remote areas. 
  • Academic quality and standards are best maintained by academic experts, and external peer review is an appropriate method for assuring the public that appropriate standards are maintained.

Participation & Quality News & Activities

International student numbers surge to record high 22 Feb 2017
International students continue to choose to study in Australia in record numbers – citing the very high quality and reputation of Australian universities.
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Fund closure would hit education infrastructure 14 Feb 2017
The proposed closure of a $3.7 billion education investment fund would end the last remaining federal program dedicated to financing university buildings and infrastructure.
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Participation & Quality Submissions, Reports & Studies

2017–18 Pre-budget submission 24 Jan 2017
A profound shift is underway across the Australian economy. As the mining investment boom recedes, we face an urgent task to broaden growth and diversify the economy. Decisions taken now will shape Australia’s living standards, job security and social cohesion in the years ahead.
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Submission to the Committee’s inquiry into the medical complaints process in Australia 24 Nov 2016
I am writing following Senator Stirling Griff’s request that Universities Australia (UA) provide a submission to the Committee’s inquiry into the medical complaints process in Australia. UA would like to take this opportunity to respond to some of the issues that have been raised in other submissions and the public hearing.
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