The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) provides funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003. It helps to implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from regional and remote Australia, low SES backgrounds and Indigenous students. HEPPP also helps to improve the retention and completion rates of those students.

2021 Reform of Equity Funding

On 19 October 2020, the Australian Parliament passed the legislation for the Job-ready Graduates Package (the package).

As part of the Job-ready Graduates package, from 2021 the HEPPP will be refocused to support students who are:

  • Regional
  • Remote
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • From low SES backgrounds

A new Regional Partnerships Project Pool will also be established that will:

  • Provide $7.1 million over four years in to universities, consortia of universities and/or Regional Universities Centres through a competitive grants process.
  • support regional outreach projects
  • assist providers to link with other universities, schools, VET providers and community organisations to develop and implement outreach initiatives

This change provides more opportunities for regional Australia.

HEPPP evaluation

View the evaluation report for HEPPP.

Current HEPPP

The legislation guiding the HEPPP is the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

The HEPPP guidelines are contained in the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012.

The HEPPP has three components:

  • Participation
  • Partnerships
  • National Priorities Pool

Participation Component

The Participation component of HEPPP provides funding to universities:

  • To increase the number of domestic students from low SES backgrounds enrolled in and completing accredited undergraduate qualifications
  • Based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university.

Participation funding is allocated to each university is shown in the following spreadsheet:

Partnerships Component

The Partnerships component of the HEPPP provides funding to universities to developing activities to boost university completion rates of people from low SES backgrounds in partnership with:

  • Primary and secondary schools
  • VET providers
  • Other universities
  • State and Territory governments
  • Community groups
  • Other stakeholders

Since 2013 funding has been allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds are enrolled at each university.

Previously most Partnerships funding was allocated through competitive grants rounds.

Projects funded through this component can be found on the following pages:

National Priorities Pool

The National Priorities Pool component provides funding for projects that support the more effective implementation of HEPPP nationally and at the institutional level.

Projects and investment plans that were committed to in previous years can be viewed below.









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