February 29, 2012
Renewing University Base Funding: The Priority Issues
There are five key decisions for the Government in response to the Report of the Base Funding Review.
- The Government should commit to the Bradley review’s recommendation for a 10 per cent increase in Government base funding to universities as an immediate goal. It has already put in place increases worth 3.5%.
- The priority initiatives to achieve this are:
- Contemporary Learning Spaces, a load based infrastructure grant;
- Enhancing programs to support access to university through: o raising and maintain the low SES and enabling loadings; and o creation of an Indigenous access and course completion loading;
- A Course Renewal Innovation Program, building off the flagships proposal to support innovative course redevelopment that over time adds value for all students not a select few; and
- Improvement to base funding rates for the most underfunded discipline areas.
- There should be a single maximum rate of student contribution, no higher than the current second band of $8050 a year.
- That student load remain the basis for allocating base funding, including any identified research element.
- That all Government supported places in a discipline, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, be funded at the same rate.