Higher education reform


Conference paper

The praxis manifesto

This manifesto outlines the goals of the Alliance for Praxis Research (APR), a collective of academics from diverse cultural and scholarly backgrounds.
Discussion paper

Expand university places without blowing out budgets: the 1/1 policy for undergraduate reform

This paper argues that Australia could immediately expand opportunities for university education at zero cost to the taxpayer simply by limiting Commonwealth support to one degree per course and one course per student. This ‘1/1 policy’ would fund more students to obtain one undergraduate degree...

Review of university-industry collaboration in teaching and learning: final report

This review report recommends short-term and long-term actions that government, higher education providers and industry can take to promote greater collaboration across the sector. It considers how to increase industry engagement in teaching and learning through improved course curricula, opportunities to combine work, study and...

Improving the linkages between university and work

This paper argues that COVID-19, the skills gap and automation have all conspired to change the work landscape in Canada, and post-secondary institutions must respond to those changing needs.

Rethinking Australian higher education

The Australian unified national system for higher education was established in 1988 for a range of reasons, but its essence was a solution to resolve a funding problem. This publication provides a detailed analysis of the current problems and issues, and examines opportunities to move...

Learning and teaching reimagined: a new dawn for higher education?

This report is the result of a five-month higher education initiative to understand the response to COVID-19 and explore the future of digital learning and teaching.

Equity in postgraduate education in Australia: widening participation or widening the gap?

This report provides direction for the Australian higher education sector to improve postgraduate outcomes for equity group students, as higher degrees become an expectation of employment advancement.
Discussion paper

Artificial intelligence, ethics, equity and higher education: a ‘beginning-of-the-discussion’ paper

The intention of the paper is to equip stakeholders with talking points to prompt informed and sustained dialogue on how artificial intelligence (AI) might be used for good, and for what it’s good for, and importantly, to consider where it should not be used at...
Discussion paper

Job-ready graduates: Higher Education Reform Package 2020

This discussion paper outlines how public investment in higher education will focus on 'national priorities,' and tailor a system that delivers for students, industry and the community. The Morrison Government says the changes are aimed at driving the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Integrating the Provider Information Request into the higher education data collection: consultation summary paper

In response to feedback received through this consultation, TEQSA is extending the transition period by postponing the implementation of the new TCSI data framework to the 2021 PIR.

Review of the Australian Qualifications Framework: final report

The Australian government announced a review of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) in the 2017–18 budget to ensure that the AQF continues to meet the needs of students, employers, education providers and the wider community. This report outlines the workings of the review and the...

Review of the Higher Education Provider Category Standards: final report

A key driver for this review has been to ensure that the Provider Category Standards (PCS) remain fit for purpose against Australia’s evolving higher education landscape, accommodate innovative and changing practice, and are comparable to international benchmarks.
Briefing paper

Framework for the development of principles-based guidelines to counter foreign interference in the Australian university sector

The Australian government believes that fostering a positive security culture, through a principles-based approach to risk management, can help to ensure the university sector continues to produce world-class research, while protecting academic freedom and minimising risks.

Performance-based funding for the Commonwealth Grants Scheme

This final report presents the expert panel's considerations and recommendations, highlighting major findings from the sector and statistical analyses, and flagging future work for the development of a fit for purpose, fair, robust and feasible performance-based university funding scheme.
Discussion paper

Integrating the Provider Information Request into the higher education data collection: consultation paper

This paper describes TEQSA’s approach to navigating the issues involved with streamlining the collection into the broader Transforming the Collection of Student Information (TCSI) project, whilst minimising additional compliance burden upon providers.

DASSH response to the Australian Academy of the Humanities "Future humanities workforce" discussion paper

In responding to the Future humanities workforce discussion paper, DASSH intends primarily to provide insights from the perspective of leaders in the academic humanities workforce.
Briefing paper

Degrees north: vocational and university education in Australia and Nordic countries

Australia should consider whether it wants a higher education and vocational training system more like that of Finland or more like the USA, according to this report from The Australia Institute’s Nordic Policy Centre.

Rethinking and revitalising tertiary education in Australia

The Morrison Government and their state and territory counterparts have some important decisions to make about the future of tertiary education. This paper argues that it will be imperative for all parties to take a holistic approach to these reviews in the face of huge...

Australia should start planning for universal tertiary education

The foundation of the Australian higher education system is built on two broad principles. The first is that they exist for the betterment of the nation. The second is that the doors of universities and other higher education institutions are open to everyone.

Australian government funding arrangements for non-NHMRC research

This inquiry examined the efficiency, effectiveness and coherency of Australian government funding for research. It focused on federally funded research agencies, their funding mechanisms and university collaborative research.