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Nairn meets Minister over university funding.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 970 Published: 5/6/2003 Title: Nairn meets Minister over university funding

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, yesterday met with Commonwealth Education Science and Training Minister Dr Brendan Nelson to seek assurances that the University of Wollongong will also benefit from the higher education reform package.

Mr Nairn said this was a very productive meeting. Minister Nelson listened carefully to the strong arguments that I outlined about the vital role the University of Wollongong plays in our community.

“The Minister has asked that the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Gerard Sutton, write to him with a detailed proposal and indicated that he would give serious consideration to it and would discuss it with his Department and colleagues.”

“The Federal Minister was able to assure us that the University of Wollongong will benefit from the additional funding available under a new regional loading category.”

·The University’s campuses of Bega (5%), Bateman’s Bay, Nowra and Moss Vale (2.5%) will be eligible for regional loading.

In addition Mr Nairn has been able to clarify that, if the higher education reforms are passed by the Senate, the University of Wollongong is in a very good position to benefit from numerous other new funding initiatives - which are likely to amount to many millions of additional dollars flowing into the region.

·Based on the University’s current profile it is set to gain under the new Commonwealth Grant Scheme.

·The University will be eligible for regional nursing places for its campuses of Bega, Nowra, Bateman’s Bay and Moss Vale.

·The University will receive additional funding for nursing and teaching to assist with the costs associated with the practical component of these programmes.

·The University could also benefit from other elements of the package, including a share of the additional student places to be available in 2005 when the Commonwealth converts marginally-funded places to fully-funded places and reallocates them.

·There is scope for the University to receive additional funding from the new $138m teaching

and Learning Performance Fund.

·It could also benefit from the new Commonwealth scholarships.

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to place all Australia’s universities in a firm footing for the 21st century. It is vitally important to the University of Wollongong and the other 37 publicly funded universities that the reforms are accepted by the Senate,” Mr Nairn concluded.” Ends…

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