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Charting a Course for Australia’s Future: The Universities Accord

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The Australian Universities Accord seeks to be a game-changer for the nation’s future, signalling a monumental leap in higher education strategy and policy not seen since the Bradley Review. It’s an ambitious playbook for improving Australia’s economic, social, and green credentials. Here’s the Curio summary: 

 

  1. By 2050, we’re talking about increasing the number of Australians with top-tier qualifications to a huge 80% and bumping university-educated young adults from 45% to 55%. 
  2. To get there, it’s all about blasting through barriers for those outside the metros, fuelled by a massive surge in government-supported places. 
  3. The plan also includes a plan to bridge the gap between vocational and higher education, and getting the National Skills Passport in our online wallets, complete with funded credentials that can be stacked. 
  4. Let’s not forget to encourage our young people to consider university from a young age and make sure the bridge to higher education doesn’t break. 
  5. The Accord finally tackles the ‘hot potatoes’: revamping student loans, bolstering income support, and squaring up to the reality of unpaid internships and student security. 

 

Then there’s the big one: rerouting the cash that currently flows from international students into a Higher Education Endowment Fund—we don’t think that will ever get over the line. 

 

But at over 400 pages, the Accord is a teaser without the nitty-gritty. Enter the Australian Tertiary Education Commission, the proposed wizard behind the curtain, tasked with bringing the vision to life amidst political hurricanes, handling everything from policy to the price tag. 

 

Sceptics are raising eyebrows, dubbing the Accord a lofty wishlist, but the buzz is that the government’s about to roll up its sleeves in the next budget with the launch of the Tertiary Education Commission—a classic move with a twist. 

 

Stay tuned as Australia gears up for an education revolution! 

 

 

 

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Sarah has over 20 years’ experience working with organisations to define and deliver innovation that meets both strategic and commercial objectives. She spent nearly 10 years in the US and UK consulting to large multi-national corporations, building the commercial case for businesses to innovate in how they attract, retain and engage their employees. Since returning to Australia, she has worked with executives and boards across a diverse group of organisations, from Universities to Indigenous communities, developing strategic initiatives and building the organisational capability to deliver. More recently she worked for SEEK, using her broad experience to drive innovation and bring stakeholders together around developments in careers, education and skills.Learn more about Sarah
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