Outcome 3 priorities

  • Support Australia’s higher education system to promote economic productivity and social wellbeing through opportunities for students to gain the skills and attributes necessary for participation in a globally-connected and knowledge-based workforce.
  • Provide a direct contribution towards the costs of study for Commonwealth-supported students through the Commonwealth Grant Scheme ( CGS) and ensure that students are not restricted by up-front cost barriers through the provision of income-contingent loans under the Higher Education Loan Programme ( HELP).
  • Support increased opportunities for access and participation in higher education for students from under-represented backgrounds, specifically low socio-economic status and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds and students with disability.
  • Implement an appropriate deregulatory agenda for universities and higher education providers, based on the recommendations of the Review of Reporting Requirements for Universities and Review of Higher Education Regulation.
  • Support the Review of the Demand Driven System to examine the system’s impact on quality, access and participation.
  • Invest in programmes to promote quality assurance in higher education and the enhancement of quality teaching and learning.
  • Enhance Australia’s science and research capacity to build aspiration, intellectual development and innovation, including through provision of major national research infrastructure under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy ( NCRIS).
  • Promote a strong culture of collaboration and networking across and between universities, research institutes, government and industry.
  • Promote the importance of mathematics and science through targeted initiatives to increase participation in science and technology-based careers.
  • Advance international education and research engagement ensuring that Australia is recognised as a leader in international education cooperation and that our higher education system is globally connected.
  • Provide assistance to international students through the Tuition Protection Service.