A group of elite Australian universities is pressing for an incoming Federal Government to reconsider the uncapped system of student places. The system, which has dramatically increased student numbers in Australia, has failed, according to the universities, to make it any easier for disadvantaged students to get into a degree.
The Group of Eight, which includes Australia’s eight leading research universities, also wants a new government to significantly boost investment in research at tertiary institutions, and to reform what it calls a 'distorted funding model', which depends heavily on international student fees.
In May, the Turnbull Government announced a new discussion paper on university funding, after it finally shelved its deeply unpopular university deregulation reforms. But this process appears to have stalled.