QUT calls for a re­think on dereg­u­la­tion

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

THE con­tro­ver­sial idea of uni­ver­sity dereg­u­la­tion, where the in­sti­tu­tions can set their own fees, should be re­vis­ited, ac­cord­ing to QUT vicechan­cel­lor Peter Coal­drake.

The plan flagged by the Ab­bott govern­ment was howled down in 2014 amid fears of $ 100,000 de­grees.

The Turn­bull Govern­ment faces an up­hill bat­tle to pass its lat­est higher ed­u­ca­tion re­forms through the Se­nate next week.

It in­cludes in­creased fees for stu­dents, two years of 2.5 per cent cuts and 7.5 per cent of fund­ing linked to per­for­mance mea­sures, as it seeks to keep uni­ver­sity fund­ing sus­tain­able.

But Prof Coal­drake said the model of how much stu­dents paid had to be looked at.

“It would be ap­pro­pri­ate at some point to re­visit the range of things be­ing con­sid­ered from dereg­u­la­tion in 2014 through to now,” he said. “We need to look care­fully at the part­ner­ship model be­tween govern­ment con­tri­bu­tion and stu­dent con­tri­bu­tion.”

He said it was po­lit­i­cally dif­fi­cult and ‘‘ straight’’ dereg­u­la­tion was un­likely.

“The prob­lem with dereg­u­la­tion is it’s a hy­per­par­ti­san term,” he said.

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