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 (
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 (
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.