Some Support for Regional Students in Budget

09 May 2017

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The 2017 Budget higher education reforms announced on 1 May have some positive
measures for regional students.

The Chair of RUN, Professor Greg Hill, welcomed the announcement that the
Government will provide $15.2 million to support the establishment of up to eight
new regional study hubs.

“More study hubs in regional Australia to support external students will facilitate
student success and aspiration for university study,” Professor Hill said.

“In addition, the University of the Sunshine Coast has received a concessional loan
to finance the construction of the foundation facilities for a new Morton Bay university
campus in Queensland.

“The Government has restated its election commitment to provide $24 million over
four years from 2017-18 to establish a Regional and Remote Enterprise Scholarship
Program. This will help improve educational attainment, skills development and
employment opportunities for rural and regional students studying STEM and health
subjects. This welcome initiative will provide at least 1,200 scholarships.

“RUN is disappointed that the funding cut to the Higher Education Participation and
Partnerships Program announced in last year’s budget has not been reversed. This
program helps support student success and outreach activities to schools and

“Other 2017 budget initiatives relevant to regional Australia include: the refocusing of
the existing incubator support element of the Entrepreneurs Program to provide
additional support for regional businesses; $20 million to the La Trobe Valley under
the Regional Jobs and Investment package; continued Government support for the
Regional Australia Institute to the end of 2017; continued funding of Regional
Development Australia Committees to 2020-21; and more support for delivery of the
National Cities Agenda,” Professor Hill said.

“We look forward in future budgets to increased funding for City Deals and other
place-based policies which bring together all local stakeholders in a collaborative
and strategic vision for the future.”

Contact: Dr Caroline Perkins
Executive Director, Regional Universities Network, 0408 482 736

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Issued by: Diana Streak, RUN Media Adviser, 0422 536 064

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