The Australasian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (DASSH) acknowledges that higher education policies need to be adjusted and be relevant in an ever-changing environment. We welcome the opportunity to reform and simplify the current system enabling both universities and the Australian government to provide a world-class tertiary education for Australian and international students. However, we believe that the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 and its subsequent reforms are detrimental to achieving that goal.
In our previous submission to the Senate in September 2014 DASSH stated our concern at the proposals to reduce government funding of university education and to impose significant new debts on students are detrimental to the government’s commitments to expanding access in higher education and a strong economy for Australia’s future. Though the government has made some concessions to the original Bill, which we welcome, the position of DASSH in regard to higher education funding remains unchanged.