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COVID-19 Pandemic Stimulus: IHEA Recommendations Brief

IHEA is working through the COVID-19 crisis to protect higher education providers and students, and has identified critical policy measures to ensure the survival of independent higher education through this crisis.

These stimulus and policy response proposals have been included in a comprehensive Pandemic Response Plan IHEA has provided to the Australian Government.

These measures would create targeted assistance for students and education providers and keep Australia’s world-class education system operating through the crisis, and building the bridge to recovery.

Independent Higher Education Sector Support

Online Learning Development Grants
Dedicated funding to enable access to online learning platforms and help independent providers adapt their courses for digital learning.

Higher Education Sector Stimulus Payments
IHEA welcomes the stimulus package announcements to date: targeted assistance should continue to ensure student success.

Higher Education Sector Loans
IHEA welcomes low interest loans for Australian businesses: higher education providers must have suitable access to credit to build the bridge to recovery. 

Independent Higher Education Student Support

Abolish the 25% Student Loan Loan Tax
A two-year moratorium of the 25% FEE-HELP Loan Tax and for refunds of Loan Tax already paid by students in 2020 to be made.

Support Short Course Enrolments – Single Unit Level FEE-HELP Access/Cash Payment
Stimulating new enrolments for learners to upskill and reskill by making FEE-HELP available for short study programs.

International Student Access to Stimulus Payments
Any of our valued international students impacted by the crisis should be protected and included in Government policy responses.

Universal Student Consumer Protections
Urgent implementation of the government’s commitment to provide tuition protections to all students as a national priority.

Independent Higher Education Regulatory Relief

TEQSA & ASQA Cost Recovery Postponement
An indefinite postponement of implementation of TEQSA and ASQA cost recovery measures.

Relief from Sector Levies Refunding of Levies Collected
Agencies governing the higher education sector should waive regulatory levies for 2020/2021, and refund levies already collected.

IHEA Member Offer: 
Facilitating Online Learning

Transitioning to online learning delivery is a key challenge for the tertiary education sector in 2020. Many IHEA members have developed highly successful face-to-face programs including practical or portfolio components and now adapting to an online learning model.

We’ve welcomed the flexible approach of TEQSA in enabling many providers to rapidly transition to online delivery to keep doing what IHEA members do best: supporting students to succeed.

To assist members with the transition, IHEA has negotiated special member offers for online platform services, including  the OpenLearning platform, short courses in online facilitation offered by ACER and a graduate certificate program in academic practice offered by HELI. Get the offers here:

Latest COVID-19 Government Advice

Educational institutions and students should utilise the latest information available from Government sources when considering their future plans. Students seeking information about their own course or enrolment should contact their institution directly. 

Advice and resources for institutions and students is available from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment here:

Detailed resources from the Department of Health including information about symptoms and advice to prevent the transmission of the virus is available here:



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All IHEA members are registered and accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) – the national regulator of all Australian higher education providers including public universities.

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