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More student places at the University of Newcastle

Ministers:

The Hon Alan Tudge MP
Minister for Education and Youth

More Australians will study in Robertson with the Morrison Government providing more than $25 million for new places and short courses at the University of Newcastle.

The University of Newcastle will receive $15.3 million in 2021 to deliver student places and $9.9 million to deliver short courses.

Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said the additional funding builds on the Government’s significant reductions to the cost of study in priority areas.

“We’ve created up to 30,000 additional university places for Australian students through our Budget funding and Job-ready Graduates package,” Minister Tudge said.

“There are more university places for Australians to study in areas like teaching, engineering, health, languages and agriculture, and we are also making it cheaper to study those subjects.

“The cost of studying teaching and nursing is 42 per cent less under the Job-ready Graduates package.”

Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks said the University of Newcastle’s Central Coast campus would share in $25 million over four years and would attract more students to Robertson, supporting the university as well as local jobs and businesses.

“The University of Newcastle will be helping Australians to gain the skills and qualifications needed to help drive our economic recovery from COVID-19,” Ms Wicks said.

“Having more students studying at the University of Newcastle will also help boost local businesses.

“Our Government is delivering on its plan to support more Australians to study degrees that lead to jobs.”

The Government is providing an additional $586.6 million to fund additional places for higher education through the 2020-21 Budget and Job-ready Graduates package.