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Inform our regional education strategy


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Minister for Education Dan Tehan has encouraged Australians to have their say on the National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Strategy.

The strategy aims to increase tertiary education participation and outcomes for people in regional, rural and remote Australia.

"Young Australians living in regional areas are half as likely to have a university level qualification as those living in cities," Mr Tehan said.

"This inequality must be addressed by improving access to higher education.

"We want to hear practical ideas about how to get more people living in regional and remote areas into higher education and vocational training."

The Government established a Regional Education Expert Advisory Group, chaired by the Hon Dr Denis Napthine, as part of its recent $134.8 million regional higher education package.

"The Morrison Government is focussed on keeping our regions strong by supporting the operation of regional university and vocational education providers," Mr Tehan said.

A Framing Paper has been released to inform consultation on the strategy. Submissions are due by 5pm on Friday 1 February 2019, and should be emailed to

The responses will inform the development of a National Regional, Rural and Remote Education Report on priority recommendations for action.

The Framing Paper is available at