Invest in Australiaâ€™s Future, Invest in our Universities
The NTEU today launches a new website to support a long term campaign to improve funding for the University sector: www.investinuniversities.org.au
The “Invest in Australia’s Future, Invest in our Universities” campaign calls on the government to urgently increase student funding by 10% as recommended by the Bradley Review, and to commit to a longer term target of achieving 1% of GDP in line with the average OECD expenditure in this area.
As the campaign develops, this website will provide information about the issues facing the sector, and provide mechanisms for staff to get directly involved and for their voice to be heard.
The experience of staff is that workloads continue to increase, student staff ratios have blown out, workplace resources are restricted, and reliance on casual labour is too high. Academic and General Staff are increasingly being asked to manage the unmanageable.
While the Union must continue to hold University managements to account for their internal allocation of resources and for decisions that damage students and staff, we must also make the public aware of the importance of our universities and the potential damage that continued underfunding on the sector and the Australian community.
The sector is growing rapidly but the cost of teaching and research is higher than the funds the government provides. In the past, universities have been encouraged to rely on international student fee income to subsidise inadequate funding. This dependence can no longer be sustained.
This campaign will continue beyond the Base Funding Review, beyond the next Federal Budget, and beyond the next election.
The Union will continue to campaign until our voice is heard.
Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President
Grahame McCulloch, NTEU General Secretary
Matthew McGowan, NTEU National Assistant Secretary
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