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Schedule 1—Amendments

Schedule 1 Amendments

   

Higher Education Support Act 2003

1  After section 238-7

Insert:

238-7A   National regional higher education strategy

             (1)  The Minister must cause to be prepared a strategy to be known as the national regional higher education strategy.

             (2)  The strategy must cover, but is not limited to, the following matters:

                     (a)  strategies to support the provision of higher education in regional areas, including a review of regional loading;

                     (b)  strategies to increase the representation of regional students in higher education;

                     (c)  strategies to address the sustainability of rural communities and the declining population of young people in regional centres;

                     (d)  strategies to provide greater support for those transitioning between secondary and higher education, including support to stay in a regional area or to relocate from a regional area to an urban area;

                     (e)  strategies to ensure there is recognition of the workforce and economic development requirements of the community in developing higher education policy;

                      (f)  strategies to support the role of regionally based higher education providers in creating diverse and resilient regional economies, taking into consideration other relevant policies and programs.

             (3)  The Minister must cause a copy of the strategy to be tabled in each House of the Parliament on or before the first sitting day of that House after the end of the period of 6 months starting on the commencement of this section.

             (4)  The Minister must cause the strategy prepared under subsection (1), or that strategy as previously revised under this subsection, to be revised every 4 years.

             (5)  The Minister must cause a copy of a revised strategy under subsection (4) to be tabled in each House of the Parliament within 4 years after the previous strategy or revised strategy was tabled under this section.