23 February 2004
HIGHER EDUCATION REFORM
The Higher Education Support Bill 2003 passed through the Senate on 4th December and the
amendments to the bill were passed by the House of Representatives on 5th December 2003.
Changes to the original legislation were negotiated by the AVCC and independent Senators. A
summary of the measures as they stand under the Legislation is attached for information.
A significant component of the Higher Education Reform package is the provision of a total of
34,000 new university places through the conversion of marginally funded places and sector growth
by 2008. The Federal Minister for Education has announced that Western Australia will receive
1,541of these new places for 2005. This is 17% of the total new places and represents a valuable
premium on the 9.8% of total national load currently held by WA Universities.
DEST asked the Department of Education Services for criteria for higher education priorities in
WA by 16th February. I met with representatives from DES to discuss allocation criteria within the
state. Importantly, Murdoch was the first University approached for input. I strongly put the case
for the principal criteria to be participation rates across regions, with the aim to redress the current
imbalance in Higher Education participation between regions.
Secondary but related criteria should include recognition for regional development (a key driver of
changes in participation rates in regional areas) and population growth (recognising future demand).
Overall, I indicated that Murdoch would support a distribution that takes account of each
universities’ campus locations, their regional catchments and the need to redress participation rates,
provides for population growth and meets unmet demand in the regions they serve.
Prior to Christmas, I lobbied the Federal Minister and DEST for additional Commonwealth places
based on our strong commitment to regional access and service and efficiency gains that we can
achieve through economies of scale.
Once criteria are set for each state, Universities will be invited to make submissions for places
addressing them. Our submission must be made by 30th April and final advice on places for 2005
will be provided on 31st May.
DEST representatives will visit Murdoch on 2nd April 2004 for key discussions on course profile in
the context of Funding Agreement negotiations. At this meeting I will put the case for using 2004
rather than 2003 as our base year for funding calculations, particularly relating to the Transition
Funds. I will also take the opportunity to put Murdoch’s case for the greatest proportion of new
places for WA to be allocated to Murdoch.
Gerri Box, Equity Coordinator in DoSSMIA, will represent Murdoch at a national workshop
regarding the implementation of the Commonwealth Learning Scholarships (CLS). The aim of the
workshop is to discuss the background of the CLS Guidelines and clarify any issues associated with
the final Guidelines; share knowledge and expertise related to the implementation of the CLS
programme; and to provide principles for the Scholarships component of the Higher Education
Information Management System (HEIMS).
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A process has commenced for consideration of variable Higher Education Contribution Scheme
(HECS) contributions allowed in the Higher Education Support Bill 2003.
The Consultative Working Party on the Murdoch Funding Model established by Academic Council
was requested to recommend on principles for variable HECS. In doing so, it is important to note
that no position has been put forward to the group, so the consultation process undertaken by the
Consultative Working Party is able to be as broad as possible.
The Consultative Working Party will recommend principles to the Vice Chancellor and report to
Academic Council. Senate will be advised of the principles recommended by the Academic
From 2005 the Commonwealth Government will provide funding based on the actual number of
places delivered in a year. Murdoch will be required to negotiate with DEST its precise distribution
of places, thus facing an overall load target which must be met within a 5% tolerance band. The
agreement with DEST will be negotiated within the context of Murdoch’s existing strengths,
strategic direction and labour market requirements. Murdoch needs to carefully consider its
academic profile in terms of both the number of places and the discipline mix. I have highlighted
this to Academic Council which will provide the appropriate forum for these discussions.
UNIVERSITY LEARNING CENTRE FOR PEEL
Capital Development Grant
Murdoch was successful in its application for funding from DEST’s discretionary Capital
Development Pool (CDP), receiving $2.0 million for a University Learning Centre in the Peel
region, co-located with Mandurah Senior College and Challenger TAFE.
Murdoch sought an allocation of $4.9 million from the 2006 Capital Development Pool for a
University Learning Centre. This request was additional to the $2.5 million that was granted from
the 2005 Capital Development Pool.
Our contribution to the $11.4 million project will be $4.0 million, and the WA State Government
will enable the University Learning Centre to be co-located with TAFE and the WA Department of
Education on the Peel Education and Training site at Mandurah. The City of Mandurah has
provided a $1.0 million loan to the University to assist with management of the cash flow. We will
apply for further CDP funding from the 2007 pool.
The Peel Region has a low participation rate in university education and is anticipated to be one of
the fastest growing regions in WA over the next five years. The ULC will be a learning hub with
video and electronic communications links through Rockingham and Kwinana to the Murdoch
campus for on-line access to courses and learning resources. It will comprise a communications
room, flexible teaching rooms for 50-150 students, one multipurpose laboratory and offices for
technicians, administration and academic staff. The ICT link will include the capacity to deliver
lectures, tutorials and seminar/workshops to and from the campus, using the latest in information
and communications technology. Students will be able to participate in learning activities by
attending face-to-face sessions on any campus and/or access lectures via their personal computer at
home or work. Researchers will be able to use the same technology to participate in discussions
with industry and university colleagues anywhere in the world.
MURDOCH UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION AND OFFIC E OF
The Murdoch University Foundation was established in 2003 to provide a vehicle and focus for
additional fundraising for the University. Within the Foundation, a number of specific accounts
have been created including the Library Endowment Fund and the Memorial Gifts Fund. The
Office of Development is working with staff across the University to promote the opportunities for
fundraising associated with these funds and to strengthen relationships with individuals and
organisations to increase income to the University.
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Strategies employed to date include:
Increasing the number of Alumni chapters
Developing more regular online communication with Alumni
Trialing an invitation for graduating students to make a donation to the Library Endowment
Fund to provide a book in their name in a subject of their choice
Working with the School of Business to sponsor two series of business seminars run by the
West Australian with a discount provided to Murdoch Alumni attending the events
Working with the family of a deceased past staff member to collect funds for a memorial bench
seat for Bush Court
The Office of Development is also assisting in two significant campaigns to complete the
fundraising for the Law Building and gaining sponsorships and donations for resources and
facilities for the new School of Nursing at the Peel Campus.
Plans for 2004 also include a targeted Bequest Strategy to be developed in the second half of the
year when data analysis of existing University contacts has been completed.
Emeritus Associate Professor Don Smart has agreed to take on a role as President of the Murdoch
University Association. We are grateful that Don has accepted the busy challenge of helping to get
the Association off to a strong start which will involve developing the operating framework and
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEME NTS
On 6th February, I presented certificates at the Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre Graduation
Ceremony to twelve indigenous students graduating from summer school courses held by the
Centre. These courses aim to help Indigenous students enter University.
Now in its fifth year, the four-week Koora Kudidj (Learn Before) Indigenous Pre-Law program
has seen more than 50 Indigenous individuals participate in the intensive course with nearly 30
students being recommended to study in the School of Law.
As a result of this successful program, the Kulbardi Centre and School of Media,
Communications and Culture developed the Wangkiny (Magpie Talking) Indigenous Pre-Media
program in 2003.
Professor Richard Hobbs has been appointed a member of the ARC College of Experts. On
behalf of the University, I have sent congratulations to Professor Hobbs on this well deserved
recognition. In selecting members for its Expert Advisory Committees the ARC considers:
Excellence in research as well as a sound understanding of the utility of research
Broad disciplinary expertise
Professional and academic standing
Relevant experience in industry or public sector organisation
Experience in coordination of research activity
Associate Professor Jeff Kenworthy of the Institute for Sustainability and Technology Policy
has been appointed to the Western Australian Land Information System (WALIS) Advisory
Committee. WALIS is a partnership of State and Local Government and private organisations
dedicated to improving the management and use of the State’s land and geographic
information. The Advisory Council provides high level strategic advice to the Environmental
Protection Committee and the WALIS Council.
In consultation with the Environmental Biotechnology Centre, Organic Resource Technology
has developed a closed waste treatment system to be built in Shenton Park. Stage One is due
for completion by the end of 2004.
To celebrate ten years of the State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre, a showcase of the
Centre’s work was held on 4th December 2003. The showcase was chaired by Professor
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George Stewart, Dean of the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences at UWA, and featured
Professors Michael Jones, David Hampson and Rudi Appels. A lunch and poster session was
followed by a public lecture by Professor Ingo Potyrkus. I welcomed Professor Potyrkus and
Dr Hendy Cowan, Chair of the SABC Management Committee, who hosted this final session.
The lecture was entitled: From ‘Golden’ to ‘nutritionally optimized’ rice - and from a scientific concept to a
humanitarian product to reduce malnutrition in developing countries.
In a ceremony held at the SciTech Discovery Centre on 11th December 2003, the Federal
Science Minister Peter McGauran presented Dr Una Ryan with a medallion commemorating
her Science Minister’s Life Scientist of the Year Award in 2000. This award recognised her
work in DNA detection and methods for identifying the water-borne parasites Cryptosporidium
The Chancellor and I met with the Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, The Hon.
Kim Chance, on 18th December 2003 to discuss the State Government’s proposal for the
establishment of an Integrated Agricultural Research Institute.
I hosted a lunch with the Mayor of the City of Melville, Katherine Jackson, at which we
discussed the University Master Plan and the planning process we will undertake in cooperation
with the City.
The Division of Health Sciences has negotiated a contract with NET Co Ltd of Japan to
manage the offering of our Bachelor of Health Sciences (Chiropractic) in Japan. On 4th
February a signing ceremony was held at which the owner of NET, Mr Kuwaoka, and I
formally entered into the agreement. The ceremony was also attended by Professor Jim
Reynoldson, the General Manager of NET, Mr Sadao Inoue, and a Japanese chiropractor Yozo
Professors David Andrich, Gary Martin and Kateryna Longley joined me in thanking Barry
Sammels and Gary Holland, the Mayor and CEO of the City of Rockingham respectively, at a
lunch on 9th February 2004. This provided a useful opportunity to strengthen relationships
with the City and to discuss future work together.
A meeting of the Agricultural Research Institute Overview Committee was held on 9th
February. Attended by the Vice Chancellors of the Universities involved in the Institute and
representatives of the WA Department of Agriculture and Office of Science and Innovation,
discussions covered progress to date and the future directions of the Institute.
Sanjeev Verma, Director of IDP for UAE and the Gulf States, visited Murdoch on 17th
February 2004 with delegates from IDP and Qatar Petroleum (who provide scholarships for
students from the region to study internationally) to discuss areas of interest. These include
HRM, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Masters with Research Training, Masters in Personal
Program, Games Technology and the suite of Engineering programs.
Professor Martin and I met with the delegation and welcomed them to the campus.
Presentations on specific areas and programmes were then made by Dr Simon Avenell,
Associate Professor Malcolm Tull, Mr Arnold Depickere and Dr Srinivas Shastri.
To assist in developing links with Government and industry, I have represented Murdoch at a
number of events, including lunches hosted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors
addressed by Trevor Flugge (4th February) and Colin Carter (11th February).
Professor Ralph Simmonds
Our founding Dean of Law, Professor Ralph Simmonds, has become the first academic to be
appointed as a Justice of the Supreme Court in Western Australia. This provides clear recognition
of his contribution to, and standing in, the profession.
Professor Simmonds joined Murdoch University to establish the Law School in 1990 and during his
more than ten years as Dean the Law School has become one of the most respected in Australia.
He has also made a significant contribution to the broad teaching and learning and management of
the University. He was a major driver behind the University's first IT Strategic Plan and Convenor
of Foundation Units. Professor Simmonds was awarded a Senate medal in 1999 in recognition of
his contribution to the Law School and the University.
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He has an international reputation as a leading corporate legal scholar across a legal career spanning
more than 30 years. Professor Simmonds is recognised for his broad understanding of the law
which has been strengthened through his role as a scholar and teacher as well as external roles such
as Chair of the WA Law Reform Commission, Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans and
founding member of the state government's advisory committee on ethics surrounding in-vitro
The University will miss Professor Simmonds’ patience, social understanding and strong advocacy
skills. We look forward to maintaining links with Professor Simmonds as he takes on his new role.
PVC (Resource Management) and Chief Financial Officer
Mrs Gaye McMath has resigned from the University effective from 31st March 2004. Gaye joined
the University as the Director of Finance in February 2001 prior to being appointed to her current
role in December 2001. She has accepted the position of Executive Director (Finance and
Resources) at The University of Western Australia.
John Pease commenced as General Counsel for the University on 27th January 2004. He has a
strong combination of legal and managerial experience, bringing to the University almost two
decades of legal experience ranging from a previous position as Bankwest's Senior Legal Counsel to
his most recent practice as a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers. He will be responsible for
University-wide legal, governance and secretariat service. As General Counsel, John will manage
the provision of legal advice to the University through an internal legal team.
ITEMS FOR NOTING
Student Services - The Oracle
The Oracle is a web enquiry tool introduced by DoSSMIA to provide information to students and
enrolling students. An operational pilot program covering the Admissions area ran from early
January. The initiative has been very successful with over 3000 answers viewed in the first two
The structure of The Oracle is for students to enter the “Find Answers” page and type in a
question that they have, using the Topics and Categories to refine their search. They can then see
the answers that are returned and select the most appropriate response for them. If after the search
the student can still not find their answer, they can go to the “Ask a Question” page, logon and
have that question forwarded to one of our staff members, where administration tools such as,
standard responses, contact tracking and escalation & workflow rules, assist us in managing our
In the near future, DoSSMIA will be adding to the published answers, branching out to areas such
as Fees, Graduations, Equity Health & Counselling, Student Support, Off Campus Studies and
The Oracle will also be more than just a tool for students to get the answers they need when they
need them, it should also become a resource for all Murdoch staff to find out answers to questions
that they may have.
There is a link to The Oracle on the University’s Home page or at: http://theoracle.custhelp.com.
Selection Committee: Pro Vice Chancellor - Strategy
The above position was advertised prior to Christmas and details are available at:
http://about.murdoch.edu.au/executive/pvcs/default.html . The Selection Committee for the position will
John Yovich Vice Chancellor and Chair;
Ms Alison Gaines, Executive Director, Law Society of WA;
Mrs Gaye McMath, Pro Vice Chancellor (Resource Management);
Professor Andris Stelbovics, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research);
Mr Darren Munday, Business Manager, Office of Student Administration and Support;
Ms Janet Chew, PhD student, Murdoch Business School.
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1. Naming of Funded Positions and Buildings and Facilities
With the establishment of the Murdoch University Foundation and appointment of the Director of
Development, Murdoch is actively seeking external funding to assist with the development of its
academic and physical capital. We have had some initial success with an approach to the City of
Rockingham resulting in a major financial commitment to a Chair in Education. This has
necessitated a review of the guidelines first developed in 1990 in relation to funding to be requested
in order to obtain naming rights for either positions or buildings and facilities. Specific requests
and recommendations for approval are included below.
Chair of Education
The City of Rockingham has approved funding of $393,000 (plus GST) over 3 years to support the
appointment of a Professor of Education at our Rockingham Campus. This commitment
recognises that the education of young people is critical for the social, cultural and economic future
of the City and its surrounding regions.
The current Guidelines for the Naming of Chairs recommend that naming rights be considered if the
full recurrent costs of establishing a Chair were met for a minimum of five years. Full recurrent
costs normally being defined as the cost of a Professor's salary, a Secretary's salary and all associated
While the funding provided by the City of Rockingham does not meet this criteria, the City’s
obligation to the Chair is significant and reflects an ongoing commitment to Murdoch’s Campus in
addition to their investment in physical capital.
It is therefore recommended that Senate approve the naming of the City of Rockingham Chair of
Peel Campus Chair of Nursing
The University is currently seeking sponsorship for a Chair of Nursing to be located at the Peel
Campus. Funding is being sought at the same level as obtained from the City of Rockingham for
the Chair of Education. Approaches will be made to the City of Mandurah and the University’s
partners in the Nursing program. As noted above, the funding level sought does not meet the
current criteria for naming rights.
It is therefore recommended that Senate approve, in principle, the naming of a Chair of Nursing
based on a financial commitment of $393,000 (plus GST) over 3 years.
Guidelines for the Naming of Chairs
The current Guidelines for the Naming of Chairs were developed in 1990 and it is appropriate to review
them in the light of the University’s current development priorities.
I recommend that Senate request the External Chairs Working Party to review and recommend on
changes to the Guidelines for the Naming of Chairs.
Fundraising for the Law Building has included a number of designated gifting opportunities which
provide the opportunity for naming rights over specific facilities within the Building.
I recommend that Senate approve naming of the facilities listed below within the new Law
Freehills Moot Court;
Mallesons Stephen Jaques Coffee House;
Blake Dawson Waldron Computer Lab;
Clayton Utz Computer Lab;
Jackson McDonald Teaching Lab;
Allens Arthur Robinson Teaching Lab;
Minter Ellison Digital Display Screen; and
Skea & Hagen Moot Court Lawn.
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Guidelines on Naming of Buildings and Facilities
The current Guidelines on Naming of Buildings and Facilities were developed in 1990 and it is
appropriate to review them in the light of the University’s current development priorities and
current sponsorship benchmarks.
I recommend that Senate request the Director of Development, in consultation with the Director
of Facilities Management, to review and recommend on changes to the Guidelines on Naming of
Buildings and Facilities.
2. Professorial Selection Committee – Chair in Fisheries Science
Approval is sought for the proposed selection committee, constituted in line with Resolutions
S/21/2000 and S/18/2002, for the Chair in Fisheries Science as follows:
Professor John Yovich, Vice Chancellor and Chair
Professor Yianni Attikouzel, Executive Dean, Division of Science and Engineering
Professor Andris Stelbovics, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research)
Associate Professor Max Cake, Head, School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Professor Valerie Alder, Executive Research Strategist
Dr Lynnath Beckley, School of Environmental Science
Associate Professor Frank Murray, School of Environmental Science
Professor Ian Potter, Director, Centre Fish and Fisheries
Mr Peter Rogers, Executive Director, Department of Fisheries
Mr David Fairclough PhD Student
I recommend that Senate approve the composition of the proposed Selection Committee for the
position of Chair in Fisheries Science.
3. Professorial Selection Committee – Chair in Education
Approval is sought for the proposed selection committee, constituted in line with Resolutions
S/21/2000 and S/18/2002, for the Chair in Education as follows:
Professor John Yovich, Vice Chancellor and Chair
Professor Gary Martin, Executive Dean, Division of Arts
Professor David Andrich, Dean, School of Education
Professor Simone Volet, School of Education
Ms Margaret Banks, Deputy Director General, Department of Education and Training
Mrs Susan Roberts, Doctor of Education Student
I recommend that Senate approve the composition of the proposed Selection Committee for the
position of Chair in Education.
4. Strategic Plan
In the final preparation and implementation of the Strategic Plan 2003-2007, a number of changes
were identified and, with the approval of the Chancellor, made in the printed version of the
Strategic Plan. Details of these changes are provided below for confirmation by Senate.
At its meeting of 6th October 2003, Senate recommended that the Vision statement of the Strategic
Plan should include specific mention of the University working in partnership with the Guild of
Students to engender a vibrant and positive on-campus life. The specific suggestion was made that
the wording be amended as follows (additional words in bold):
Through excellence and accessibility in the learning environment, student care and service
provision, Murdoch will work closely with the Guild to engender a vibrant and positive on-
campus life and foster an expanding, active alumnus.
This was grammatically ambiguous and advice was sought from the Chancellor and President of the
Guild of Students as to wording that would accurately reflect Senate’s intent. The following
wording was agreed:
Through excellence and accessibility in the learning environment, student care and service
provision, Murdoch will engender a vibrant and positive on-campus life and foster an
expanding, active community of alumni. In the fulfilment of these aims the student guild is
valued as playing a major part.
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The second Desired Outcome in the Management Goal was amended as indicated below following
consideration of the structure of Key performance Indicators. Overlap with the income
projections within the Research Goal necessitated change and provided an opportunity for
restructure to reflect Senate’s ongoing revenue goals.
Increase Achieve income by $30 million targets and diversify the sources by 2007.
One other minor grammatical change has been made as indicated below to more accurately reflect
the stated Teaching and Learning Goals and Outcomes.
This will be facilitated by the projection of a strong image as a successful research-intensive
university with demonstrated pedagogical quality and innovation.
I recommend that Senate confirm the Chancellor’s approval of the above revisions to the Strategic
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Higher Education Support Bill 2003
Support for institutions
New Commonwealth Grant Scheme
$562 million over four years; $829 million over five years
Will provide funding to institutions according to what they actually provide
The additional funding represents a 2.5% annual increase between 2005 and 2007 once
institutions have met the National Governance Protocols and their certified agreements
include a clause stipulating that the institution may offer AWAs.
$40 million over three years
The funding will ensure that no institution is disadvantaged under the new funding
The Government will no longer dictate what universities should charge. Institutions will now
determine their own HECS fees from $0 to a maximum of 25% above current levels.
Fees for the 14% of students doing nursing and teaching will be frozen and will not
Some universities have announced that they will not be increasing fees.
2004 Projected Projected new
HECS 2005 student contribution
rates HECS ranges from
rates 1 January 2005*
Band 3 (law, dentistry, Band 3 $0 - $8,004
medicine, veterinary $6,283 $6,402 (law, dentistry, medicine,
science) veterinary science)
Band 2 (accounting, Band 2 $0 - $6,837
commerce, (accounting, commerce,
administration, administration, economics,
economics, maths, maths, statistics,
statistics, computing, built computing, built
environment, health, environment, health,
engineering, science, engineering, science,
surveying, agriculture) surveying, agriculture)
Band 1 (humanities, arts, Band 1 $0 - $4,800
behavioural science, (humanities, arts,
social studies, foreign behavioural science, social
languages, visual and studies, foreign languages,
performing arts, visual and performing arts)
National Priorities Band $0 - $3,840
Fee paying students
Institutions will have additional flexibility to increase the number of fee paying students in
their courses from the current maximum of 25% to 35% from 2005. Medicine courses will be
limited to 10% in order to properly control workforce numbers.
Fee-paying students will now have access to a loan under the FEE-HELP programme
(below) – a loan students don’t have access to now.
$122 million over four years; $156 million over five years.
The funding will support the provision of higher education at regional campuses which face
higher costs as a result of location, size and history.
Workplace Productivity Programme
$83 million between 2006 and 2008.
This new programme will commence in 2006 to encourage institutions to pursue a broader
workplace reform agenda which more effectively utilises the flexibilities available under the
Workplace Relations Act 1996.
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Support for students
Commonwealth Learning Scholarships
$222 million over four years; $327 million over five years.
More than 30,000 new scholarships will be provided to students over the next four years
through two new scholarship programmes to assist rural, regional and Indigenous students
from low socio-economic backgrounds with costs associated with higher education.
The Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (CECS) will provide successful
students with $2,000 per year for four years to assist with their education costs. The
Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (CAS) will provide successful students with
$4,000 per year for four years to assist with the costs of studying away from home.
More than 20,000 CECS scholarships will be offered over the next five years and more than
14,000 CAS scholarships over the same period.
The scholarships will be exempt from the Social Security income test.
Student Learning Entitlement
All Australian citizens, NZ citizens and persons holding a permanent visa will be eligible for
seven years equivalent full-time study in a Commonwealth supported place. Additional
entitlement will be available for courses that are longer than six years in duration or in special
circumstances (illness, etc).
People will also be able to accrue a further entitlement over time for lifelong learning.
The fundamental principles of HECS will remain. However, enhancements include an
increase to the minimum repayment threshold to $35,000 for 2004/05 and to $36,184
(indexed) from 2005/06 onwards.
All Australian citizens, and persons holding a permanent humanitarian visa will be eligible
for HECS-HELP assistance.
This programme will enable fee-paying students (Australian citizens, and persons holding a
permanent humanitarian visa) at eligible institutions to borrow up to $50,000 from the
There will be a modest loan fee of 20% applied to loans that apply to undergraduate
courses. This equates to an interest rate of less than 2%. Students will not be required to
repay until their income reaches $35,000 in 2004/05, as with the HECS arrangements.
This programme will enable eligible students (Australian citizens, and persons holding a
permanent humanitarian visa) to borrow funds from the Commonwealth to support their study
abroad for up to two semesters as a part of their undergraduate award programme.
There will be a modest loan fee of 20% applied to loans, which equates to an interest rate of
less than 2%. Students will not be required to repay until their income reaches $35,000 in
2004/05, as with the HECS arrangements.
Commonwealth Research Scholarships
$2 million over 2006 to 2008.
The Australian Postgraduate Awards Scheme will be enhanced by providing additional
scholarships to match anticipated population growth from 2006.
$37 million over four years; $51 million over five years.
The funding will support the provision of enabling programmes which enable people with
particular types of disadvantage to undertake award courses in higher education.
Increased Equity Funding
$34 million over four years; $49 million over five years.
Additional funding will be provided under the Indigenous Support Fund, Higher Education
Equity programme and Students with Disabilities Programme from 2005 to enhance the
Commonwealth’s higher education equity programmes.
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Indigenous Staff Scholarships
$0.6 million over four years; $0.8 million over five years.
This new programme will provide five national scholarships to Indigenous staff that have
actively encouraged Indigenous students to participate in higher education. The scholarship
will cover tuition fees and provide an annual stipend of approximately $20,600.
Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council
$260,000 per year from 2003.
A new advisory council will be established to advise the Minister and the Department of
Education, Science and Training on Indigenous issues in higher education.
New university places
The package will provide more than 34,000 new university places by 2008.
Conversion of Marginal Places – $346 million over four years; $543 million over five
years. Approximately 9,000 new places will be introduced into the sector in 2005, building to
almost 25,000 by 2008.
New Nursing Places – $17 million over four years; $23 million over five years. Funding to
support an additional 210 nursing places in the sector in 2004, building to 574 places by 2008
National Priorities – $22 million over four years; $27 m over five years. 745 new places in
national priority areas (nursing, teaching) will be provided to support higher education in
eligible private institutions by 2008.
New Medical Places – $39 million over four years; $59 million over five years. The funding
will provide an additional 234 medical places in the sector in 2004, building to 1067 by 2008.
Growth Places – $74 million over 2007 and 2008. An additional 2,800 places will be
provided in 2007 and more than 6,500 in 2008 will be provided to meet anticipated population
growth. These places will continue to reflect population growth beyond 2008.
2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Introduction of new places as
marginally-funded places are
phased out 9100 15925 21044 24,883
New Nursing Places 210 368 486 574 574
New National Priority Places
(745 new places) 272 477 630 745
New Medical Places 234 468 702 936 1170
Growth Places 2800 6700
TOTAL 444 10208 17590 25984 34072
Focus on teaching
Learning and Teaching Performance Fund
$251 million between 2006 and 2008.
This new fund will be introduced from 2006 to reward institutions that best demonstrate
excellence in learning.
National Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
$22 million per year from 2006.
This new Institute will be established in 2004 to provide a national focus for the
enhancement of learning and teaching in Australian higher education institutions.
Australian Awards for University Teaching
Additional $8 million over 2006 to 2008.
These awards will be enhanced from 2006 with 210 awards valued at $10,000 each and 40
awards valued at $25,000 each. A teacher of the year will receive the Prime Minister’s
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Collaboration and Structural Reform Fund
An additional $20 million over three years will be provided with the total value being $36
This new fund will be established for three years from 2005 to provide competitive funds to
foster collaboration between universities and between universities and business, industry,
professional associations, community groups or other relevant organisations; and to
encourage innovation within the higher education sector.
$3 million over four years; $4 million over five years.
Additional funding will be provided to enhance the operations of the Australian University
Quality Agency and provide for the Australian Council for Educational Research to promote
the Graduate Skill Assessment.
$23 million over five years.
Funding of $15 million will be provided to the Australian Maritime College and $8 million to
the Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education in recognition of their status as
National Institutes that serve specific communities. Further funding will be provided to
Batchelor College to assist it to further develop its strategic positioning in the Northern
University of Tasmania Medical School
The University of Tasmania will receive funding of $12 million over 2005 and 2006 to upgrade
its medical school facilities.
Higher Education Information Management System (HEIMS)
This system will be established to manage the diverse range of student programmes under the
reforms and improve the statistical and financial data collection process between institutions
and the Commonwealth. Public higher education institutions will receive approximately
$200,000 each in 2004 as a contribution to the costs of implementation of HEIMS and the new
student financing initiatives.
Vice Chancellor’s Report to Senate 12