DASSH welcomes the opportunity to respond to this Parliamentary Inquiry. In responding to this discussion paper, DASSH will focus on the role of HASS education in promoting, strengthening and securing the ongoing stability of democracy and democratic values in the Australian nation.

Enrolments in HASS areas (comprising education, management, society and culture and creative arts) in Australia represented 59% of all enrolments in higher education at the end of 2016 (Dept of Education and Training, 2018).

As an organisation, DASSH is currently seeking to reposition the HASS areas in relation to the strong focus on supporting and strengthening STEM education to remind Australians that many of the pressing problems of the present and future are human – including the issues of nationhood and national identity.

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