Regional Education Strategy a win for Indi
Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says today’s announcement of a National Regional, Rural and Remote Higher Education Strategy is a win for Indi.
Ms McGowan introduced a Private Member’s Bill this year calling for a strategy to be implemented, based on feedback from constituents. The 2018 Indi Budget Survey placed Education and Training among the top five concerns for respondents, rated by 81 per cent.
“It is pleasing to see the government has responded to Indi’s call for a regional higher education strategy,” Ms McGowan said.
“The strategy will pick up on recommendations from the independent review from John Halsey into Regional, Rural and Remote Education. The strategy, along with increased scholarship opportunities will give regional students greater and easier access to higher education.
“Working with the community, local education providers and local governments, I brought a Private Members Bill to Parliament this year calling for a regional higher education strategy to be implemented. Indi should be proud of its joint efforts in achieving this fantastic outcome for regional education.
The strategy will be supported by a new Expert Regional Education Advisory Group to provide priority recommendations as well as ongoing advice. The group will consider the merits of establishing a Rural Education Commissioner, which was included in Ms McGowan’s Regional, Rural and Remote Education Commissioner Bill 2018.
“One of the biggest threats to the sustainability of rural communities is a declining population of young people. Research shows three-quarters of students who study at regional universities stay in regional areas after they graduate,” Ms McGowan said.
“Investing in regional education will ensure rural communities can continue to prosper. I encourage young people to consider regional universities as they make plans for higher education.”