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MORE THAN 6,500 UNIVERSITY PLACES ALLOCATED TO UNIVERSITIES IN QLD

2 July, 2004 MIN 786QLD/04

The allocation today of more than 6,500 Commonwealth-supported places will enable thousands more students to study with universities in Queensland by 2008.

These places will support around 9,300 more students to study in HECS places in Queensland universities by 2008.

The places include almost 6,300 places from the 25,000 provided through the Australian Government’s $2.6 billion higher education reform package, Our Universities: Backing Australia’s Future. In addition, over 270 places were allocated from 1,200 new places allocated to nursing with a focus on aged care.

Nationally, the Australian Government will deliver more than 35,000 places to institutions by 2008:

● approx. 25,000 new fully supported places to replace those in the system that

currently attract only marginal funding; ● 745 new places for the ‘national priority’ areas of teaching and nursing for private

higher education providers; ● approximately 1,200 new nursing places with a focus on aged care;

● 574 new nursing places for regional campuses;

● 1,218 new medical places; and

● 6,700 new places to support population growth.

These places will enable about 50,000 Australians to take up a HECS place over the next five years.

All universities in Qld will receive an allocation with almost 60% of the places going to the State’s regional areas. Griffith University is the State’s biggest winner, receiving 25% of the new places.

Central Queensland University 481 Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton,

Griffith University 1,654 Nathan, Gold Coast, Logan

James Cook University 766 Cairns, Townsville

Queensland University of Technology 1,004 Kelvin Grove, Caboolture, Carseldine,

Gardens Point

The University of Queensland 971 Ipswich, St Lucia

University of Southern Queensland 479 Wide Bay, Toowoomba, Springfield

University of the Sunshine Coast 1,080 Sippy Downs

Australian Catholic University 137 Banyo

TOTAL 6571

Note: Individual institution allocations may not add to the total due to rounding

The new places will be provided across a range of disciplines. Almost 1,000 places (15 %) will be provided for nursing by 2008 and over 1,300 places (20 %) for teaching. More than 300 places (5 %) will be provided for science and almost 2,000 places (29 %) will be directed to health-related areas including nursing.

A further 30 places in teaching will be allocated to the Christian Heritage College in Brisbane next year from the 745 national priority places for private higher education institutions..

Qld universities and students will also benefit from other elements of the reform package, including:

● an increase, from the end of June this year, in the HECS repayment threshold from

$25,348 to $35,000, immediately benefiting around 185,000 Australians; ● $838 million in additional base funding;

● $146 million to support regional campuses;

● $160 million to support the practical component of teaching and nursing

programmes; ● $327 million in scholarships to assist students with their education and

accommodation costs; ● $325 million to support teaching and learning in universities, including a new

National Institute; ● additional opportunities for students to attend university through fee-paying places

once HECS places are filled. Fee-paying students, in both public and private institutions, will now have access to a loan of up to $50,000 through the new FEE-HELP loan scheme to support them through their study; ● a new OS-HELP loan scheme which will support students in HECS places to

undertake a semester or two studying overseas; ● more than $100 million to support a range of equity initiatives, including funding for

indigenous students, students with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds; ● $83 million to support workplace productivity in universities; and

● $36 million to support collaboration and structural reform.

Media contact: Dr Nelson’s Office Ross Hampton 0419 484 095