The Policy Pitch: Higher education outside the universities: a better option?

This is now a live-stream virtual event only
Tuesday 24 June 2014, 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Event cancelled

Tonight's Policy Pitch seminar has been cancelled. The event will instead be live-streamed on the Grattan Institute's website from 6pm to 7pm. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Tonight's topic

Australia has around 130 higher education providers outside the university system ranging from large multinational companies to small theological colleges to the TAFEs now offering degrees. Together they enrol more than 70,000 students and these numbers could increase significantly in the future.

The Commonwealth Government has accepted a recommendation of David Kemp and Andrew Norton, in their review of the demand driven funding system, to expand eligibility for government-supported tuition subsidies. If this passes the Senate, many of the students currently paying full fees in non-university higher education providers will pay much less than they do now. Public universities will face new price competition as they consider what fees they will charge in a deregulated market.

This Grattan Institute/State Library of Victoria Policy Pitch panel discussion will explore the nature of the non-university higher education sector, the implications for it and its students of receiving Commonwealth tuition subsidies, and the consequences for the broader higher education system.


  • Andrew Norton is the higher education program director at the Grattan Institute, and the co-author with David Kemp of the Review of the Demand Driven System: Final Report. 
  • Mary Faraone, Chief Executive of Holmesglen Institute, has extensive experience in the VET sector, working with industry, RTOs and at TAFE.
  • Jeannie Rea is the National President of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). She came to this role from the position of Deputy Dean in Arts, Education and Human Development at Victoria University.
  • Dr George Brown has held senior academic positions with the Australian Institute of Business, Think: Education Group, Navitas, Le Cordon Bleu Australia, International College of Hotel Management and TAFESA.

Recommended reading

University fees will be dropped: Beazley
The Age, 29 January 1973, p. 4

The remaking of higher education is almost complete
The Age, 25 March 1991, p. 13

TAFE set for a transfusion
The Age, 21 October 1991, p. 13