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200 new places to boost university entry in Queensland

11 September 2007

University students in Queensland will benefit from 200 new Commonwealth supported places announced today by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.

“The new university places have been allocated to areas of skills need and student demand,” Minister Bishop said.

“The new student places will provide for the training of 50 engineers, 50 teachers, 50 psychologists and 50 health professionals.”

Minister Bishop said that while the majority of the new places have been provided to public universities, 15 places have been allocated to a Queensland private higher education provider in the national priority area of teaching.

The Australian Government is providing new engineering places as part of the Skills for the Future package and other student places as part of the Our Universities: Backing Australia’s Future package. The majority of these places will commence in 2008.

Queensland will receive 496 additional places by 2011.

“Nationally the Australian Government has allocated more than 2,300 new Commonwealth supported places to help meet student demand for higher education,” Minister Bishop said.

“The number of eligible students missing out on a place is at historically low levels, with a record 92% of home-state Year 12 eligible applicants receiving an offer this year, up from 90% last year, which was the best result in more than two decades.

“The record funding increase for higher education announced in this year’s Budget will give providers increased capacity and flexibility to respond to student and employer demand. Greater flexibility in the management of places means there is potential for an additional 21,000 places nationally next year.”

A full list of the new places is attached.

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Media Unit 02 6240 7300

Non-media queries 1300 363 079

Allocation of New Places for 2008 (Commencing in 2008 unless otherwise indicated)

QUEENSLAND

COURSE CAMPUS PLACES

Australian Catholic University

Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) Brisbane 20

Total 20

Christian Heritage College

Teacher Education Mansfield Qld 10

Teacher Education/School Chaplaincy Mansfield Qld 5

Total 15

University of the Sunshine Coast

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy Sippy Downs 30

Bachelor of Science (Paramedic) Sippy Downs 20

Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) Sippy Downs 50

Graduate Diploma of Special Education Sippy Downs 15

Bachelor of Engineering (Construction Management) Sippy Downs 30

Bachelor of Engineering (Water and Sustainable Resource Management) Sippy Downs 20

Total 165

STATE TOTAL 200