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					           . Australian Government
 ~"t!ci~;~". Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
             Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research




Interim
for

     Between:
          • Curtin University of Technology
          • The Australian Government


     For the period:
     1 January 2010 - 31 December 201 0




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SECTION ONE

Preamble
Compacts
In 2010, the Australian Govemment and Curtin University of Technology will agree a mission-based
compact commencing in 2011. Compacts will be agreements between universities and the Australian
Government detailing public funding cornmitments and reciprocal institutional commitments. They will
support universities to pursue their distinctive missions and to contribute to the Australian
Government's aspirations for the higher education sector as whole.
This 2009 Interim Agreement is a transitional arrangement, pending finalisation of the first compact in
2010.
Compacts and Interim Agreements will be based on mutual respect, trust and shared goals to improve
students' educational experiences and outcomes and to build research capacity and international
competitiveness. As noted by the Prime Minister, compacts herald a new era for the operation and
funding of Australian higher education. They will playa key role in implementing the Australian
Government's reforms and in ensuring improved outcomes from increased Australian Government
investment in higher education. Compacts will be underpinned by information and data provided
through the Interim Agreernent discussions and by other means in orderto support the programs and
priorities of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department
of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.
The Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and the Department of
Innovation, Industry, Science and Research will also look to discuss underpinning activities which
might inform mission-based compacts, including those supported through the Education Investment
Fund and other programs. This will enable a comprehensive analysis of the University's activities in
orderto drive a reformed university system that promotes excellence, sustainability, transparency,
performance, collaboration, intemational engagement and innovation.
Compacts will facilitate:
•   a focus on excellence within the mission of each university irrespective of its distinctive
    strategic direction;
•   transparency in decision making with respect to compact agreements and provision of public
    funding being open to external scrutiny, and based on a fair application of consistent rules;
•   accountability for outcomes, with universities and the Australian Govemment sharing
    responsibility to report publicly on performance against clear and measurable goals; and
•   a strengthened funding and accountability framework, supported by appropriate and
    reasonable reporting requirements.




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The Australian Government's ambitions for higher education and innovation
The Australian Govemment's vision for the higher education sector is set out in Transforming
Australia's Higher Education System. Higher education is central to achieving the key objectives for
the nation's future, including:
•   A stronger Australia - boosting Australia's share of high skilled jobs and productivity growth
    will require a highly skilled workforce that can rapidly adapt to meet future challenges; and
•   A fairer Australia - all Australians will benefit from widespread equaable access to a diverse
    tertiary education sector that allows each individual to develop and reach their potential.
    Society as a whole will benem from the widespread application of cutting-edge research.
In supporting these objectives, the Australian Government's ambitions for higher education include:
•   producing graduates with the knowledge, skills and understandings for full participation in
    society and the economy;
•   providing opportunities for people from all backgrounds to participate to their full potential and
    be supported to do so;
•   providing students wah a stimulating and rewarding higher education experience;
•   playing a pivotal role in the national research and innovation system through generation and
    dissemination of new knowledge and through the education, training and development of
    world class researchers across a wide range of intellectual disciplines;
•   being amongst the leading GEeD countries in tenns of participation and performance.
The higher education system also plays a crucial role in supporting innovation. The Australian
Govemment's policy statement, Powering Ideas - An Innovation Agenda for the 21st Century outlines
its aspirations for innovation over the next decade which include:
•   progressively increasing the number of research groups perfonning at world-class levels, as
    measured by international perfonnance benchmarks;
•   progressively addressing the gap in funding for indirect costs related to Australian
    competitive grants;
•   promoting collaboration by encouraging universities to organise themselves into hubs and
    spokes and to pursue opportunities to undertake industry-driven research more vigorously;
•   helping smaller and regional universities develop their research capactty by teaming up with
    other institutions; and
•   significantly increasing the number of students completing higher degrees by research over
    the next decade.

Principles
The principles under which Australian Govemment funding for higher education is provided are:
•   opportuntty for ali, especially for those students from groups under-represented in higher
    education;
•   access to university based on merit;
•   world-class teaching and learning that advances the intemational standing of Australian
    education;
•   world class research and research training that advances knowledge, critical thinking and
    Australia's international standing;
•   responsiveness to the economic and social needs of the community, region, state, nation
    and the intemational communay;

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•   a sustainable higher-education sector; and
•   academic freedom and institutional autonomy.

Australian Govemment support for higher education
The Australian Govemment announced a 1O-year reform agenda for higher education and research in
Transforming Australia's Higher Education System. An outline of the new initiatives announced as part
of that package is included at Attachment A.




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Univeasity mission
What Curtin is doing at present

Curtin's Mission is a commitment to innovation and excellence in teaching and research, for
the benefit of our students and the wider community. Our mission is put into practice
through the Curtin Strategic Plan (currently 2009-2013) and associated enabling plans.

In 2008 Curtin enrolled 42,252 students and employed 3,155 staff across 11 campuses and
centres. It is the 5th largest university in Australia based on enrolment numbers, the 3rd largest
enroller of intemational students and the largest enroller of Indigenous Australian students.
Curtin is placed 11th in Australia in research income.

Students enrol into one of four faculties - Science and Engineering, Health Sciences,
Humanities, or the Curtin Business School. The student population is 70% undergraduate,
44% Commonwealth Supported, 42% international (onshore and off shore) and 14%
domestic fee-paying. Curtin also provides vocational education and training at the regional
centre of Kalgoorlie.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching and learning Quality

Curtin actively manages and monitors teaching and learning quality through Comprehensive
Course Review and Annual Course review processes and annual Academic Board
monitoring meetings. As well as the CEQ and PREQ there are regular comprehensive
internal surveys (called 'eVALUate' and 'CASS,) which measure multiple facets of our
students' unit learning experience and broad university experience respectively.
Improvement targets are in place. The surveys are conducted at least twice a year and
published online to staff and students. Results show year-on-year improvements in
students' satisfaction with units and teaching as measured by eVALUate.

A major infrastructure project, the Recreation and Events Centre was completed in 2009.
It supports a range of recreational and events-related activities critical to student
engagement and satisfaction.

In 2009 Curtin underwent a second round AUQA audit. The outcomes were positive and
confinned eXisting quality processes were achieving good outcomes. The quality of Curtin's
offshore programmes was a particular focus of the audit. These also received good
feedback with few recommendations. Curtin continues to build on this success through
regular reviews of operational areas and embedding quality processes into the planning and
implementation processes across the university. The "ADRI cycle" (Approach, Deployment,
Review, Implementation) is used to achieve outcomes. Performance is monitored using
benchmarking and 'Balanced Scorecard' performance reporting.

Equity and Indigenous students

Curtin's commitment to equity and community engagement is evidenced through the
delivery of education programs to regional Westem Australians in 8 regional locations, and
the adoption and support of creative strategies to increase enrolments of students from low
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SES backgrounds. An area of particular interest is the South East corridor which runs along
the new rail and transport connections. Links have been established with 13 high schools
in this Low SES corridor. Progress to date is good and we have good expectations that the
partnerships will enable an innovative approach to achieving access and participation
targets.

Curtin also has a proud history in the delivery of programs for Indigenous students since
1974 and current Indigenous enrolments are the highest in Australia.

The 2008 Access Rate for Low SES students was 11.8% and 3.6% for Indigenous students
who enrol predominantly through the Centre for Aboriginal Students. The 2008 Access Rate
for Rural and Isolated students (combined) was 17.2%. In each case Curtin's performance
was above the WA State average. (IAF Portfolio data)

Research

In 2009 the Resources and Chemistry Precinct building, costing in excess of $116
million, was completed. This significant new facility accommodates over 200 scientists and
research staff from Curtin's Faculty of Science and the Chemistry Centre ofWA. It is
adjacent to and collaborates with the CSIRO's Australian Minerals Research Centre.

Funding Success and Collaboration

Curtin's place as a leading research institution is demonstrated by increasing success in
achieving national competitive grants, the appointment of ARC Federation and Future
Fellows, its lead role in Centres of Excellence (State and National) and sought-after
contributions to Cooperative Research Centres. Curtin recently achieved a listing in the
Shanghai Jiao Tong's top 500 Universities - one of 17 Australian universities to achieve this
international ranking, and the first post-1987 university to achieve this breakthrough.

Areas of Research Strength

Curtin's research success is grounded in two principles: excellence and relevance. We
are focussing on our areas of existing and emerging research strength, aligning resources
and infrastructure investments to build world-class talent in four key areas:
   • Minerals and energy;
   • Information and communications technology, and emerging technologies;
   • Health; and
   • Sustainable development.

Growth in these areas of strength will be leveraged through strategic partnerships with
industry, government agencies and research providers nationally and internationally. For
example, Curtin is the pre-eminent University in minerals and energy research. To build
further on this strength, Curtin has established the Curtin Institute of Minerals and Energy to
deliver high quality research and education for the minerals, oil and gas and clean coal
sectors and to provide national leadership using a hub-and-spoke model along with other
research providers (e.g., CSIRO, CRCs).

A focus on quality research training and a commitment to increasing our HDR enrolments
are central components of our research plan. We have implemented a compulsory
research supervision register, a comprehensive suite of education sessions for research
supervisors, a larger number of more appropriate scholarship offerings and enriched

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facilities for HDR students. Our focus on quality supervision, adequate funding support for
students, and a stimulating research culture and environment are key factors in achieving
our high quality research experience ratings as measured by the postgraduate research
experience questionnaire and are contributing to timely completions for HDR students.

Support of Government Policy Objectives

Curtin's support of Government policies seeking a stronger and fairer Australia is
demonstrated by its mission and vision, a developing infrastructure, and its implementation
of policies and practices to produce high quality graduates with the knowledge, skills and
cultural awareness required for full participation in the global society. Curtin also
contributes to the development of the national and regional economies through its alumnus
and its international and world class research focussed on practical solutions of real-world
problems, particularly those that support sustainable communities.


What Curtin aspires to be
Curtin's vision is to be "An international leader shaping the future through our graduates
and research and positioned among the top 20 universities in Asia by 2020." Curtin's new
vision and its mission commit it to a challenging goal of excellence in teaching and learning,
a significant increase in high quality research activity and output, and growth in domestic
and intemational student numbers in both research and coursework courses.

In the teaching and leaming sphere Curtin's aspirations are to:
• provide a high quality tertiary education and a satisfying leaming experience for all
  students, with an emphasis on:
  o an industry focus that will produce career-ready graduates;
  o global citizenship capabilities, which are achieved through the development of an
      international, intercultural and indigenous curriculum; and
  o inter-disciplinarity, to be achieved through rich educational choices for students.
• maximise access, participation and completion of Indigenous people and people of low
  socio-economic backgrounds.
• provide educational programs for students from regional Western Australia in a way that
  supports its quality ethos, provides a satisfying university experience and makes a
  contribution to regional societies and economies.

In research quality and perfonnance Curtin's aspirations are to:
• achieve world-class rankings through productive and well-respected research programs
• ensure research investments support the aims of improving industry engagement,
  recruitment of research talent, postgraduate student placements, scholarship
  opportunities, the appointment of Curtin Research Fellows.
• continue to establish and support strategic national and international partnerships that
  align with overall research goals and enhance our capability and reputation. This
  includes a committed to long tenn engagement with a select number of high quality
  international partners that complement and enhance our research strengths. A primary
  focus of our research engagement is with China, but strong links to other Asian countries
  will continue where relevant.




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Curtin's plans for supporting its aspirations

Completion of Major Infrastructure Projects

Target: Curtin will complete the following key infrastructure projects in 2010:
• Stage One of the Engineering Pavilion - a world-class, engineering student-focused
  learning centre facilitating transformational approaches to teaching and learning.
• A major refurbishment of Hea~h Sciences' Building 108 involving the conversion of a
  building currently housing squash courts and change-rooms into a modern teaching
  centre with classrooms, a 99 seat theatre, laboratories, multipurpose studios and staff
  areas.
• The refurbishment of Buildings 303 and 304 to provide additional student self-learning
  commons, administration areas and teaching and research accommodation.


Teaching and Learning Initiatives

•   Curtin will continue to work toward achieving its 2013 Strategic Plan Access targets for
    Indigenous people and people of low socio-economic backgrounds. To achieve
    low SES targets Curtin will build creative long term partnerships with high schools in
    the Bentley area and Perth's South East low SES corridor to nurture and encourage
    the higher education aspirations of year 10, 11 and 12 students. Target: In 2010
    Curtin will increase its intake of LowSES bachelor level students by 10% more
    than the 2009 intake (i.e. from 502 to 552).

    Indigenous access will be encouraged by working closely with high schools that have
    significant indigenous populations. Target: In 2010 target high schools will be
    contacted and relationship building underway. In partnership with these schools,
    substantial progress is made to identify the most productive and sustainable
    ways of improving indigenous transition from high school to TAFE or university.

•   Curtin's 2013 Strategic Plan student satisfaction targets are a priority. Several
    measures are used to determine student satisfaction including the CEQ, PREQ and
    internal survey tools, "eVALUate" and the Curtin Annual Student Satisfaction (CASS)
    survey. Identified major areas of dissatisfaction will be a focus. Target: 2010 Curtin
    eVALUate student satisfaction levels will be higher than 2009, progressing
    toward the 2013 target of at least 85% overall, with no Faculty below 80%.

•   Attrition to be minimised through the further development of initiatives (such as the
    "START" programme) designed to promote new student integration and confidence.
    Target: Curtin's 2010 undergraduate attrition rate to be less than the Sector
    average of 16.9% (2007).

•   Curtin's domestic undergraduate student load targets are supportive of the
    government's aim of 40 per cent of 25-34 year olds having attained a bachelor level or
    above qualification by 2025, but will require additional infrastructure to support growth
    in student numbers. Target: domestic undergraduate load to be a minimum of
    14,700 EFTSL, which is 7% above the 2010 CGS Funding Agreement load.



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•       Curtin will work toward addressing national demand (shortages) for registered
        nurses, accountants and high-school teachers.

•       Curtin will complete the implementation of its review of units that will see a reduction
        in units with low enrolments and release of teaching and learning resources to more
        efficient use. Target: Review will be completed by Dec 31, 2010.

•       Curtin welcomes the review of regional education and will actively participate in
        solutions for regional education, particularly in WA.

•       Existing articulation pathways with a number of TAFEs and private colleges will be
        improved and progress is being made on streamlining offers and adrnission between
        the partners in each case.


Research and research training initiatives

    •     To accelerate research capacity Curtin has set an ambitious target of 45% increase
          in HDR load in 2013, from a base of 1,000 EFTSL in2007, to be rnet by domestic
          and international enrolments and bolstered by an attractive scholarships scheme.
          This will require a matching increase in the number of research active academics to
          attract, engage and support our quality research students. Target: 2010 HDR
          EFTSL target of1,200 EFTSL.

    •     Further collaboration with research units at other universities and organisations is a
          key element in the strategy to build Curtin's national and international leadership in
          the chosen research foci areas of Minerals and Energy, ICT and Emerging
          Technologies, Health and Sustainable Development. Collaboration can be through
          CRCs or other partnership arrangements. Target: establish strategic research
          collaborations with three research units at other universities in targeted areas
          (health, sustainability, minerals & energy).

    •    Curtin will continue to strongly support regional research activity, particularly that
         undertaken by students and staff at the Western Australian School of Mines (WASM).
         WASM research is an integral and important contributor to Curtin's current national
         leadership in Minerals and Energy research. This is one way in which Curtin is
         helping to build the research capacity of regional centres. Target: increase research
         outputs related to mining and energy through alliances.

    •    Curtin will aggressively expand its new Institute of Minerals and Energy. This
         Institute builds on Curtin's existing relationships with private industry and key state
         and federal agencies to further strengthen and diversify Curtin's research and
         education activities in one of its key foci areas. The critical mass of expertise,
         facilities and opportunity that the Institute provides will attract professionals in
         research, education and industry from Australia and around the world, particularly
         with its access to the brand new $116million Resources and Chemistry facility at
         Curtin's Bentley Campus. Target: target increased research funding in the area
         of minerals and energy and ensure that investment in earth science excellence
         remains strong.


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•   Seek growth and income through the commercialisation of Curtin research. Curtin
    has established a pre-seed and follow-on fund, each of up to $5 million, to identify
    and nurture possible commercialisation opportunities. Close to $4 million has been
    invested in 20 projects at various stages of development with a current value of the
    investments is estimated to be $13 million. The University has recently strengthened
    its standing in this area by appointing a Commercialisation Advisory Board to
    oversee its investments. The board membership includes some of the leading
    experts on early stage investment and commercialisation in Australia. Target:
    commercialisation strategy to be diversified and return on investment
    increased.




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SECTION TWO

Teaching and Leaming
The Commonwealth Grant Scheme funding agreement of December 2009 will remain in effect
throughoutthe period of this Interim Agreement. Where eligible, other funding for 201 0 will be
delivered through a range of new and existing Australian Government teaching and leaming
programs.
The University and the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations agree
to work co-operatively to enable the Department to:
•   finalise the framework for mission-based compacts during 2010; and
•   develop a framework for performance funding, including appropriate teaching and leaming
    performance indicators, which will be used to set targets for performance funding in the 2011
    compact.
No funding is contingent on the teaching and learning component of this Interim Agreement.




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SECTION THREE

Research and Research Tiaining
Funding under the Higher Education Support Act 2003
In 2010, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Department of
Innovation) will provide the University w~h funding from a suite of research block grant programs
including the Research Training Scheme (RTS), Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA),
International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (IPRS), Research Infrastructure Block Grants
(RIBG) and Joint Research Engagement (JRE). These grants form the basis of this agreement.
The Department of Innovation will also look to discuss how research collaboration, participation,
engagement and excellence, supported by a broader range of the portfolio's programs, might
inform mission-based compacts - see Attachment B.
The Univers~ and the Department of Innovation agree to work co-operatively to enable the
Department to:
•    finalise the framework for mission-based compacts during 2010; and
•    develop performance indicators and targets to be used within the 2011 compact.
As part of this agreement, the Department may identify priority areas of research which align
with the Univers~y's strengths and mission.

Sustainable Research Excellence in Australia (SRE)
The Department of Innovation has established the Sustainable Research Excellence in
Universities (SRE) program, which supports excellence and contributes to a more sustainable
University research sector, by ensuring that adequate funding is available to allow competRive
grants for research to be effectively utilised.

    The program will have three funding components:
•    a Base component whereby 20 per cent of the funding provided will be allocated on the
     basis of the existing Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBG) formula, i.e. on the basis of
     the relative success of the institutions in attracting compet~ive research funds as calculated
     from schemes in the Australia Competitive Grants Register;
•    A Threshold One funding component whereby up to 13 per cent of available SRE funding in
     anyone year will be available to those univers~ies participating in Transparent Costing and
     the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative; and
•    A Threshold Two component whereby 67 per cent of available SRE funding in anyone year
     will be available for those universities participating in Transparent Costing and ERA and who
     meet specified performance targets.
The University acknowledges that its participation in SRE will be govemed by this agreement and by
processes administered by the Department of Innovation as part of this agreement. The Univers~y
acknowledges that participation in both Transparent Costing and ERA is a prerequisite for receipt of
funding under the Threshold 1 and Threshold 2 elements of SRE.
The Univers~ comm~s in this Agreement to working cooperatively with the Department of Innovation
to finalise its Transparent Costing and ERA participation status based on the SRE framework set out in
the SRE Guidance Paper, Transparent Costing Specification, SRE Conditions of Grant and any other
related documents or processes published by DIISR.

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Fiona Buffinton
Group Manager,
Higher Education Group
                                                                                                            ATTACHMENT A
       Summary of budget initiatives

                                                                                                                          Funding
Initiative                           Description                                                                          2009·10 to
                                                                                                                          2012·13
                                                                                                                                $m

Funding to support the low SES       In 2010 funding to support the low SES participation targets will be about 2 per
participation targets                cent ofteaching and leaming grants, and will increase to about 3 percent in
                                     2011. By 2012, equity funding will be broadly in line with the recommendation of
                                     the Bradley Review to increase it to 4 per cent of teaching and leaming grants.

      • Partnerships                       • Partnerships activities                                                      108

      • Student loading                    •   Student loading                                                            325
                                     The funding will support the govemment's ambition to increase higher education
                                     enrolments of students from a low socio economic background to 20 per cent by
                                     2020. This includes $394 million new funds, plus existing Equity Support
                                     Program funding.


                                     Public funding will be provided for each undergraduate student eligible for a
Demand driven entitlement system
                                     university place. Universities will continue to set their own entl}' standards,
for domestic higher education                                                                                             491
                                     including entl}' requirements such as pre·requisite subjects, and make strategic
students
                                     decisions about course provision and their ultimate size.


                                     Repayments for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) for eligible
Higher Education Loan Program
                                     education and nursing graduates will be reduced if they work in a teaching or
(HELP) repayment reduction for                                                                                            83
                                     nursing profession. This proposal is aimed at addressing the skills shortages in
education and nursing
                                     both professions.


Increase in the maximum annual       The maximum annual student contribution amount for education and nursing will
student contribution amount for      be increased, providing a direct increase in revenue to instRutions offering these   33
education and nursing                vital courses.


                                     Revised indexation for higher education funding will be introduced from 2012,
                                     with transitional arrangements for teaching and leaming in 2011. The increase in
Indexation                                                                                                                578
                                     indexation will provide funding security and certainty for institutions to support
                                     improved student·to·staff ratios and greater student engagement.


                                     Increase in funding for the indirect costs of research, currently funded through
Sustainable Research Excellence in
                                     the Research Infrastructure Block Grants (RIBGs). This will ensure resources         512
Universities
                                     are aliocated rationally and used efficiently.


                                     Replaces the Institutional Grants Scheme to encourage and support                    .
Joint Research Engagement
                                     engagement with the end users of research.


Collaborative Research Networks      Networks to encourage institutions, particularly those in regional Australia, to     52
                                     fonm partnerships with universities with already established research strengths,

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                                       relevant to their mission and profile.


Excellence in Research for Australia   Funding will be provided for establishment of a framework for Excellence in
                                                                                                                         36
(ERA)                                  Research for Australia (ERA).


                                       Australia's tertiary education and research sectors will benefit from a capital
Education Investment Fund                                                                                                2,985
                                       injection from the Education Investment Fund (ElF).


                                       The national agency will be established from 2010 to underpin a robust quality
National body for regulation and
                                       assurance framework for Australian higher education, and to drive improved        57
quality assu rance
                                       standards of teaching and leaming for students.


                                       From 2012, new perfonmance funding will reward institutions that meet agreed
Perfonmance funding                    targets in key areas such as improving the quality of teaching and leaming and    206
                                       the outcomes for students from low socio economic backgrounds.


                                       Provides comprehensive changes to the student income support system to
                                       remove the financial barriers to the participation of students from low socio
New arrangements for student
income support
                                       economic backgrounds and Indigenous students. This supports the                   -
                                       Govemment's ambition to increase higher education enrolments of students
                                       from a low socio economic background to 20 per cent by 2020.


Postgraduate Research Student
                                       Raises the stipend in the Australian Postgraduate Award to $22,500 from 2010.     52
Support


                                       The loan fee on OS-HELP Loans will be removed in 2010. This will encourage
Removal of the OS-HELP loan fee        Australian students to study overseas during their higher education courses,      17
                                       enhancing their student experience and leaming outcomes.


                                       Funding will be provided to support significant structural change across the
                                       sector, which could include the creation of new models of higher education
                                       institutions and collaborations between higher education and vocational
Structural Adjustment Fund             education and training providers.                                                 402
                                       Total funding of$400m includes $64 million from the existing Diversity and
                                       Structural Adjustment Fund, and $200 million for the capital components of
                                       structural adjustment to be funded from the ElF.

Savings measures


Leaming and Teaching                   This program will be discontinued. Performance funding will provide incentives    -324
Perfonmance Fund                       for institutions to improve learning and teaching quality.


Workplace Productivity Program         This program will be discontinued.                                                -78




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Transition to student centred funding
                                              Student centred funding model
model

                       Conditional
                                              Increased indexation of teaching and leaming and research HESA grants
                       funding
                       (equivalent to
                       improved
                       indexation on          New perfonmance funding of 2.5% of current teaching and leaming grants
                       T&L grants)

Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency

2% ofT&L funding       3% ofT&L
                                              4% T&L funding from 2012 onwards
in 2010                funding in 2011

Improved targeting of income support
New student scholarships
Australian Postgraduate Awards stipend increase

                       Independence
Independence age
                       age reduced to         Independence age reduced to 22 years
reduced to 24 years
                       23 years

                       Personal Income Threshold increased to $400 perfortnight

                                              Income support for all Masters by Coursework programs

Structural Adjustment Funding

Higher Education Loan Program reforms: Reduction in HELP repayments for nursing and teaching; increase to student
contribution for nursing and teaching; removal of OS-HELP loan fee

Rounds 1,2 & 3 and Sustainability Round

Sustainable Research Excellence (incremental increase to 2013)

Joint Research Engagement

                       Collaborative Research Networks




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                                                                                          ATTACHMENT B


Enhanced Research Funding System

                                                                                          Reformed
        Collaboration                             Participation
                                                                                          university
 COll8bor8tiv~ResMrch Networks        Increased Aust. PoslgrodUlJte AW(Jf'ds              research system
             program
                                     Super sCience fellowships and other Ausf.            that:
 Co-ope-ratJVe Research Centres           Research Council felfowsMps
   fnfrasuucture collabororJon               Research Training Scheme
                                                                                          - Drives
                                                     Excellence
                                                                                          Excellence
         Engagement
   Joint ReselUch Engagement             Sustainable ResMfch Exce//MC9
                                                                                          - Builds
 Co-ope-rfJuve ResNrch Centre.s        EJt.cel~nce   In ResfNJrch for Australfa           Sustainability
      ARC Linkage program              Improved Indexation of Block Grants

                                                                                          - Provides
                                         i                                        -   .   transparency
 Compacts with universities will provide a framework for the
                                                                                          -Improves
              Government's reform agenda
                                                                                          pet10rmance
                                         ~
                                                                                          - Promotes
                             Dual system of core funding :
                 Existing formula-based Research Block Grants and
                                                                                          collaboration &
                  Competitive Research Grants (ARC, NHMRC etc)                            responsiveness

                                                                                          -Engages
                                                                                          internarionally
    Infrastructure         National Collaborative         Educationlnvestrnent
        funding           Research Infrastructure                   Fund-
       programs                   Strategy                SuperScience Package
                                                                                          -Promotes
                                                                                          innovation




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