Funding Should Be Based On Peformance

Date —

11 Sep 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Higher Education, Vocational Education & Training

Summary —

At the annual ITECA Parliamentary Reception to be held this week, ITECA will set out an ambitious reform agenda which includes calls for a single tertiary education funding model that will allow quality independent providers and public providers equal access for funding to support students.

Key Issues —

With the support of its members the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has been a strong advocate for reforms to tertiary education funding is delivered in Australia. The basic principle that underpins ITECA is that funding for students in the higher education sector and the vocational education and training sector should be performance-based, with funding decisions based predominantly on a provider’s demonstrated ability to support quality student outcomes.

This will be the key message delivered to around fifty Ministers, Shadow Ministers and parliamentarians at the 2019 ITECA Parliamentary Reception to be held on 11 September 2019 in parliament house, Canberra.

ITECA will outline an approach to funding level playing field in which government funding for tertiary education providers is based on performance. ITECA wants to ensure independent tertiary education providers can compete equally for government funding.

Data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) shows that in the vocational education and training sector, completion rates for the independent sector (private providers 50.7% and enterprise providers 60.0%) clearly lead the field. The data also show that independent providers support over 71% of the 4.1 million students in vocational education and training – approximately 2.9 million students.

In the higher education sector, independent providers enjoy levels of student satisfaction similar with or higher than public universities.

ITECA’s policy advocacy highlights that long-term structural reform is required to put students at the centre of their learning and development needs and choices in a way that delivers value for money for taxpayers while also achieving maximum economic productivity benefit. A single model will make funding equally available for quality independent providers and public providers who demonstrate they can achieve quality student outcomes.

Member Engagement:

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals belonging to the ITECA Higher Education Sector Interest Group.

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals belonging to the ITECA Vocational Education Interest Group.

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