Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said university students in Wannon will pay less for their degree if they study in areas of expected employment growth and demand.
From 2021, students in Wannon will pay:
• 46 per cent less to study teaching, nursing, clinical psychology, English and languages
• 62 per cent less to study agriculture and maths, and
• 20 per cent less to study health, architecture, environmental science, IT, and engineering.
“Our Government’s new package is focused on better preparing students in Wannon to succeed in the jobs of the future,” Mr Tehan said.
“To power our post-COVID economic recovery, we will make a bigger contribution to degrees in areas of expected employment growth such as nursing and teaching, making them cheaper for students in Wannon.
“The Coalition Government will also provide an additional 39,000 university places by 2023 to meet the expected increase in demand because of COVID-19.
“The package will restructure higher education funding to better align the cost and revenue of a university degree, with around 60 per cent of students seeing a reduction or no change in their student contribution.
“Course fees for current students will be grandfathered, with the new funding model applied to students who commence their studies from 2021.
“Students in Wannon will continue to have access to the world’s most generous income contingent loan scheme¬, the Higher Education Loan Program.”