HE Short Courses Announced

Date —

14 May 2020

Industry Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

The Australian Government has announced a $7 million subsidy for online short courses across nine disciplines, to be delivered mainly by independent higher education providers. 

Key Issues —

The Australian Government has announced the successful providers of new Undergraduate Certificates under a new funding initiative in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

The new suite of 58 short courses by higher education providers were created as part of the Australian Government’s response to the Covid-19 crisis.  The 1,015 heavily subsidised places for the new Undergraduate Certificate courses will mostly be offered by independent higher education providers.

The funding announcement has been welcomed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) and funds independent higher education providers to deliver short courses in key areas including healthcare, clinical psychology teaching, science, engineering, languages and information technology.

The funding announcement provides timely support for the sector as the independent higher education sector faces challenges brought about by the Covid-19 crisis.

The courses will be offered by 18 higher education providers with a cost to students ranging from $1,250 to $2,500.  The financial contribution of the Australian Government is $7 million.

ITECA continues to work with the Australian Government on a suite of reforms that will assist independent higher education providers during the Covid-19 crisis.

Independent providers support around 10% of the 1.5 million students in higher education.

Member Engagement —

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Higher Education Reference Committee.

Further Information —

For more information on this issue please send an email to higher.education@iteca.edu.au or telephone 1300 421 017.  Stay up to date via Twitter @ITECAust or via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ITECAust.


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