IHEA Congratulates New Prime Minister Albanese

Independent Higher Education Australia (IHEA) congratulates Anthony Albanese on his appointment today as Prime Minister, and the victory of the Australian Labor Party in Saturday’s federal election.

"IHEA looks forward to working with Prime Minister Albanese and the new government to build on the success of Australia’s world class higher education sector,” said IHEA CEO, Dr Peter Hendy.

“Australia’s independent higher education sector educates approximately 170,000 domestic and international students, thus making a significant economic and social contribution to the education sector in Australia.”

“The new government has an opportunity to advance Australia’s higher education sector and drive the success of our national economy into the future by harnessing the growing capability of Australian independent higher education.”

“Earlier this month, we released the 2022 IHEA Federal Election Platform, which sets out a series of beneficial sector reforms to re-energise Australian higher education, tackle skills shortages, and drive economic growth during this new term of Australian government.”

“IHEA will work with the new government and MPs and Senators from across the political spectrum to advance the recommendations and reforms outlined in our federal election platform.”


In Part A of 2022 IHEA Federal Election Platform, IHEA recommends a National Tertiary Sector Reform Strategy.

IHEA proposes that the next Australian government develop an agreed national strategy for structural reform of Australian tertiary education. IHEA proposes that components for urgent consideration of a National Tertiary Sector Reform Strategy to include:

  1. A single student loan scheme across the tertiary sector with equitable settings for all students.
  2. Course funding models with accessibility based on quality not provider type that support workplace skills, industry demand, lifelong learning, and creative disciplines.
  3. Research funding models that are accessible to independent and public universities and recognise, commercialisation, scientific endeavour, and academic excellence across all disciplines.
  4. Flexibility in funding models that recognise the varying demands of state and regional economies.
  5. Greater unification of the higher education, vocational training, and skills sectors.
  6. A single tertiary sector regulator.

In Part B of the Platform, IHEA focuses on re-energising higher education through three key themes:

  1. Students First.
  2. International Education Recovery.
  3. Reducing Regulatory Burden.

The Platform outlines a series of low-cost, highly beneficial sector reforms to support students to succeed and chart the course for the economy of the future. These are:

  1. HELP Loan Equity - Permanent Abolition of the FEE-HELP Loan Fee.
  2. Protections - Commonwealth Ombudsman to Consider Domestic Student Disputes.
  3. Funding Equity - Access to Commonwealth Supported Places in National Priority Fields.
  4. Leadership - Establishment of International Education Ministerial Council.
  5. Transparency and Protections - International Agent Registration.
  6. Accessibility and Competitiveness - Abolition of Fees for Student Visas.
  7. National Benefit - Greater Pathways to Permanent Residency for Graduates in Priority Disciplines.
  8. Fairness - Urgent review of TEQSA Cost Recovery Model to Develop a Fairer Model.
  9. Regulatory Duplication – One Government Submission for Co-Regulated Providers.
  10. Modernisation - Reform Copyright Legislation to Reduce Levies on Education.

Media Contact: Matthew Coote, IHEA Communications Manager (matthew.coote@ihea.edu.au)

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