Government response to regional education review a "first step"
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan said the Government had listened to her in supporting regional university students with the Budget response to the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education.
Ms McGowan said the provision of $28.2 million over four years to provide an additional 500 sub-bachelor places annually from 2019 to universities operating in regional areas was an important “first step”.
She said she welcomed the provision of improved access to Youth Allowance for regional students. The parental income cut-off for the regional workforce independence criterion will increase from $150,000 to $160,000, with an additional $10,000 increase to the cut-off for each additional child in the family.
“This is a good start from the Government in responding to the review of regional, rural and remote education by Prof John Halsey that addresses three areas for students,” Ms McGowan said.
“There are 11 recommendations from Prof Halsey’s review and there should be more to come from the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham as those recommendations are acted upon.
“Students and their families were disappointed by the increase in university fees announced in the 2017-18 Budget. They imposed a further barrier on young people from country areas seeking tertiary education.
“I will continue to work with the universities in Indi to represent their ongoing concerns about the impacts on rural students to Minister Birmingham and the Government,” Ms McGowan said.
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