Higher Education Relief Package to help Australians to retrain

A new package from the Australian Government will provide funding certainty to higher education providers and support workers who have been displaced as a result of the COVID-19 crisis and who are looking to upskill or retrain. 

The Higher Education Relief Package, announced by the Minister for Education Dan Tehan and the Minister for Employment Michaelia Cash on 12 April 2020, will also reduce the cost of studying short, online courses.

Providers will be given flexibility in the application of public funding across bachelor, postgraduate and sub-bachelor places. The previous restrictions which limited the use of funding for designated and non-designated places will be relaxed for 2020 as long as providers remain within their overall funding allocations.

In return for greater flexibility in the use of Commonwealth funding, the Government is asking universities to commit to the introduction of a new model of higher education certificate short courses.

The courses will start at the beginning of May and initially will run for six months.

The Government will guarantee funding for universities at current levels, even if there is a fall in domestic student numbers, and provide greater flexibility in the use of these funds.

Tertiary and international education providers will get regulatory fee relief so they can better support domestic and international students, as well as exemptions from loan fees under FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans.

To find out more visit the Higher Education Relief Package - Frequently Asked Questions on our website.

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