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Media Release


21 July 2005 MIN 1160/05

I have today released a discussion paper on the Government’s $83 million Workplace Productivity Programme which aims to give universities the opportunity to become more competitive, both nationally and internationally.

The Programme, announced as part of the Our Universities: Backing Australia’s Futurereforms, will encourage higher education institutions to adopt flexible working arrangements, enhance direct relationships with their staff and improve productivity and performance.

Under the Programme, funding will be available for institutions to:

● Undertake strategic and financial review of management, financial and human

resource practices or delivery of disciplines by external consultants with experience in higher education; ● Collaborate, amalgamate or transfer faculty across like disciplines in the same

region; ● Identify, assess and address the training needs of employees with respect to

leadership, governance and management practice; and ● Provide financial management training for senior and other managers.

The Programme is separate to the Higher Education Workplace Relations Requirements the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations, Minister Andrews and I announced in April this year, which will provide universities with more options to attract and keep the best staff and reward them accordingly.

The discussion paper provides the higher education sector the opportunity to comment on the Programme and its proposed objectives, with submissions due by 9 August 2005.

The discussion paper is available at:

Media Contacts: Dr Nelson’s Office: Yaron Finkelstein 0414 927 663 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Julianne Stewart 6240 7175