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The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) welcomes this opportunity to respond to the potential reforms to higher education outlined in the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill (2017) and appreciates the Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s commitment to working closely with all stakeholders.

DASSH is concerned about the proposed efficiency dividend imposed on universities in 2018 and 2019 and its long-term impacts. We also note the lack of clarity around a number of significant measures proposed in the Bill, and the impact this has on the ability of universities to plan accordingly. These measures include, but are not limited to, the implementation of the 7.5 per cent Commonwealth Grant Scheme (CGS) funding linked to performance metrics and how this will be measured, and the realisa9on and delivery of postgraduate coursework scholarships.

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