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Partnerships to boost participation at university


The Hon Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House

Projects that focus on helping disadvantaged students, particularly Indigenous Australians to attend university will share in $50 million from the Australian Government.

Minister for Education the Hon Christopher Pyne MP said 17 projects have been selected that will inspire and develop the capability of those disadvantaged students to attend university.

“We know that university education leads to higher paid and higher skilled jobs,” Mr Pyne said.

“This funding will allow universities to provide more intensive support to disadvantaged students, including Indigenous Australians, to obtain a life-changing education.

“Higher education is an investment in the long-term future of our nation.”

The 17 successful projects include targeting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, particularly Indigenous students, by partnering with schools and communities to build aspiration and prepare students to attend university.

Other projects include working within prisons, extra teacher support, mentoring and intensive tuition in maths and science.

The funding has been allocated under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program. Since 2010, $505.2 million has been paid to 37 universities under the program to help low socioeconomic-status students access higher education.

The list of successful projects is available at:…