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Two-day forum to conclude higher education review.



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MEDIA RELEASE

TWO-DAY FORUM TO CONCLUDE HIGHER EDUCATION REVIEW 2 October, 2002 MIN 193/02

Stakeholders will gather in Parliament House tomorrow for a two-day Forum to conclude the consultation phase of the Review of Higher Education.

The Forum will bring together key representatives to consider the issues and options that have been raised over the year.

The discussions will allow me to consider carefully the arguments and will assist in the development of a package that I will take to the Government for its consideration towards the end of the year.

It is clear that our higher education sector needs reform. The level of engagement in this Review is evidence that change is sought.

The debate has highlighted a range of issues requiring attention including governance and university administration, workplace relations, financing, student access and equity of opportunity, attracting and retaining quality staff, university efficiency, responsiveness and specialisation.

The two-day forum follows an extensive consultation process, including the release of a series discussion papers to stimulate discussion and almost 50 consultative meetings around the country.

The public consultation phase has been enormously successful.

Around 800 invited stakeholders have attended the focus group meetings and more than 700 submissions have been received.

I have also been meeting with the Reference Group throughout this process to discuss the issues raised.

I will be meeting with my State and Territory colleagues next week to discuss the Review, in particular issues relating to the provision of higher education in the regions.

I hope that the outcomes of this Review will form the basis for a strong and vibrant higher education sector into the 21st century.

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