30 May 2018

Regional study hubs to transform higher education access in Corangamite

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training
Manager of Government Business in the Senate
Senator for South Australia

Sarah Henderson MP
Federal Member for Corangamite

Corangamite has the opportunity to boost higher education access for local students, through the Turnbull Government’s new $16.7 million Regional Study Hubs Program.

 

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson said applications were now open for up to eight regional areas to receive funding to establish a regional study hub.

“Living in a regional or rural community shouldn’t restrict a person’s ability to attend university or to get a qualification,” Ms Henderson said.

“I know the substantial costs Corangamite students can face when it comes to moving to a capital city or other major centres to pursue their education after they finish high school.

“A local study hub would make it easier for Corangamite students to engage in study without having to leave the area and I hope our community can band together to apply for this extra support.

“This program will help put a higher education qualification in reach for more Corangamite students and ultimately, more regional kids across Australia.”

The community-owned study hubs will help provide support for infrastructure such as study spaces, video conferencing, computing facilities and internet access, as well as pastoral and academic support for students studying via distance at partner higher education institutions.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Coalition Government’s Regional Study Hubs Program would help regional students achieve a better balance between study, work and family and community responsibilities.

“We know there can at times be gap a between the city and the bush in the level of study or qualifications students achieve,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The recent Halsey review highlighted the number of people with a degree decreases as you get further from our capital cities.

“That’s why we’re creating an extra 500 sub-bachelor places at regionally based higher education institutions, and an additional 500 Commonwealth supported bachelor places for students at the Regional Study Hubs we’re establishing and maintaining.

“Ultimately these hubs will help improve educational attainment, skills development, and employment opportunities for regional and remote students.”

Applicants for funding are expected to demonstrate cash or in-kind contributions from the community and/or government to support the study hubs.

To be eligible for funding, a study hub must have a formal relationship with at least one Australian registered higher education provider.

Applications close at 5pm on 27 July 2018.

For more information visit: http://www.education.gov.au/access-and-participation.

30 May 2018