Minister for Decentralisation and Regional Education Andrew Gee, has today announced he will host a series of Regional Universities Roundtables to inform the Government’s proposed changes to the tertiary education sector.
The Regional Universities Roundtables will bring together regional universities, sectoral stakeholders and representatives of regional communities to help inform the future approach to Australia’s country universities.
"The proposed reforms announced by Minister Tehan on 19 June, are some of the most extensive changes we’ve seen to the sector in over a decade. That is why it is crucial to get out there and talk to our country universities and communities about the proposed legislation," Minister Gee said.
"Country universities are vitally important anchors in our communities, driving economic growth, job creation and regional development. Importantly, they are the training grounds for our kids in country Australia, providing them with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to succeed in the future.
"Simply put, we need to ensure that each and every Australian, from the city suburbs to the country, has access to a world-class education and job prospects following graduation.
"Our regional universities are central to making this a reality, and we need to make sure their diverse views are heard and integrated into any future legislation.
"The Regional Universities Roundtables will provide a mechanism that enables us to build upon and strengthen our engagement with a broad range of higher education stakeholders and I look forward to hearing directly from them on issues affecting regional education in Australia," Minister Gee said.
Gabi Phipps 0400 917 405, Gabrielle.Phipps@dfat.gov.au