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Consultation to improve campus services

Students, the higher education sector, sports and community groups will be asked for their views on how to restore vital support services and sporting facilities on Australian university campuses.

The Minister for Youth, Kate Ellis, today invited comment on a discussion paper to help identify and examine the best way to improve campus services.

The discussion paper will examine the financial impact of voluntary student unionism on institutions and organisations, services, student representation and student advocacy.

Ms Ellis said the paper would also explore options for ensuring sustainable services are provided in the future.

“The Australian Government will work to ensure university students have access to vital campus services, including childcare, healthcare, counselling and sporting facilities,” Ms Ellis said.

“Whilst we recognise we cannot return to the compulsory student unionism arrangements of the past, we are committed to independent and democratic student representation.

“The previous government’s approach has made it difficult for many university students to access essential campus services.

“The Government will collaborate with universities to find a solution to these problems.”

Ms Ellis will meet higher education stakeholders including universities, students, small businesses, sports and community groups from across Australia through February and early March. Anyone with an interest in this important issue is encouraged to respond to the discussion paper.

The discussion paper is available at: www.dest.gov.au/vsu

Closing date for submissions for the discussion paper is COB Tuesday 11 March 2008.