QUT calls for a rethink on deregulation
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.