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  1. Mr Pyne, its your policies that are flawed, not the modelling of their effects!

    Posted 27 June 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    The Minister for Education Christopher Pyne has dismissed modelling of the impacts of deregulating university fees and imposing real interest on student debt undertaken by the National Centre for ...

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  2. The Cost of an Australian university degree compared to the rest of the world

    Posted 27 June 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    Some of the more questions frequently asked about the impacts of Christopher Pyne’s proposed changes to higher education include what impact they are likely to have on the cost of getting an Australian university degree and how this will compare to the rest of the world.

    While we do not know exactly how much the cost of university degree in Australia will increases as rest of the government allowing universities and other providers offering Commonwealth supported places to charge whatever price they think the market will bear.  The NTEU’s analysis of factors determining likely prices rises and what impact this will have on students is the subject of a fact sheet called  How much will a uni degree cost?

    The purpose of this note however, is compare how much it costs to undertake an undergraduate university degree in Australia compared to the rest of the world.  In order to ensure that we are comparing universities of similar standing we have used data on university fees included in QS World University Ranking Top 500 for 2013.  The data presented in Figure 1 (also see Table 1) show both the average fee charged to undergraduate students by universities in the Top 500 in each country with at least 3 universities in the top 500.  It also shows range (top and bottom) of average fees charged by the different universities in each country.

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  3. Media Release: Cost and Debt Shifting

    Posted 29 May 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    NTEU Media Release

    NTEU analysis released today shows that the Abbott Government is shifting debt and costs away from the government and onto students.

    Crucially, it shows that the level of debt students will owe the government will exceed the Australian government’s net debt sometime in the early 2020s as a result of their higher education changes.

    NTEU National President, Jeannie Rea said this was cost shifting on a grand

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  4. What can higher education expect from the 2014-15 Budget?

    Posted 12 May 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    The NTEU anticipates that the Federal Budget to be handed down on Tuesday 13 May 2014 will include the following changes to way Australian higher education is regulated and funded:

    • Significant reductions to government contribution amounts for Commonwealth supported places (CSPs).
    • Removal of caps on maximum CSP tuition fees.
    • CSP funding to be opened up to non-university higher education providers, including for-profit providers.
    • Demand driven CSP funding to expanded to include sub-bachelor higher education qualifications.
    • Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) repayment thresholds to be lowered.
    • Less favourable indexation arrangements for higher education grants.
    • Consolidation and streamlining of research block grants.

    For a more detailed analysis of these changes download the following briefing

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  5. 2014-15 Federal Budget - update 8 May latest Pyne speech

    Posted 6 May 2014 by Paul Kniest (NTEU National Office)

    ADDENDUM 8 May

    Following a speech given by the Minister for Higher Education, Christopher Pyne at the Launch of the Diamond Deposition Suite at Monash University on Thursday 8 May 2014, the ...

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  6. The financial squeeze at La Trobe is not justified

    Posted 15 November 2011 by Graeme Byrne (La Trobe University)

    The Federal Government has released a Ministerial Statement which indicates that La Trobe University has achieved a $99.2 million operating surplus in 2010, which is the highest operating surplus in ...

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  7. Conservative budget approach harming staff and students

    Posted 8 November 2011 by Virginia Mansel Lees (Vic Division)

    NTEU La Trobe Branch has written to the Vice-Chancellor after hundreds of union members across six campuses were briefed last week about the fundamentally sound position of the University's budget. ...

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    LTU NTEU Presentation on Budget

    This budget presentation was given to a general meeting of the NTEU La Trobe Branch on 3 November 2011. Note the inclusion of an additional slide about the increased use of non-academic casual staff.

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  8. 'La Trobe No Victim' - The Australian - 24 October 2011

    Posted 25 October 2011 by Serena O'Meley (La Trobe University)

    "TERTIARY education minister Chris Evans has dismissed as "complete nonsense'' the idea that La Trobe University is an early casualty of the new demand-driven funding system."

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  9. Dispute notification - staff freeze instituted without consultation

    Posted 23 September 2011 by Serena O'Meley (La Trobe University)

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    Dispute notification - staff freeze instituted without consultation

    NTEU is in dispute with La Trobe University over its failure to consult before announcing a staff freeze. The University has also adopted without consultation a new program to levy fines for low enrolment subjects.

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  10. Response to NTEU on budget questions

    Posted 13 September 2011 by Serena O'Meley (La Trobe University)

    Last week we notified members in the NTEU LTU E-bulletin 7 September 2011 that the Branch had received (on that day) a response from the CFO about our concerns relating to the budget model.  We ...

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