In May 2014 the Australian Government proposed major changes to higher education funding in its federal budget. It introduced the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 into parliament on 28 August.
On 2 December, the federal Senate voted against that bill. On 3 December the government introduced amended legislation to deregulate university fees into the House of Representatives, the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014.
These pages provide you with information about what the government proposals mean for the University of Sydney and our students, and what we are doing in response.
About the University’s response
We are committed to ensuring that a University of Sydney education should continue to be accessible to the most promising students, whatever their social or cultural background.
We are lobbying the government directly about the impact of the changes, in particular over our concern about the impact on our current and future students.
During the second half of 2014, the University’s leadership carried out a multi-channel consultative process with our key stakeholders – our students and their parents, our staff, and our alumni – to inform our response.
This included staff forums across the University's academic divisions, a 'town hall' meeting for the University community, and a series of focus groups on 2 October.
Messages from the Vice-Chancellor
The Vice-Chancellor has set out his position in a number of messages, interviews and opinion pieces.
- 3 December message to staff
- 27 October statement about our commitment to equity
- 27 August message to staff and students
- 26 August interview on ABC TV Lateline about the government's reform package for universities
- 1 August news release: Changes to HECS repayment scheme welcomed
- 1 August Vice-Chancellor message to staff and students
- 22 July Vice-Chancellor message to staff
- 27 June Vice-Chancellor message to staff
- 12 June Vice-Chancellor message to staff and students
- 28 May opinion piece by the Vice-Chancellor in the Sydney Morning Herald
- 21 May Vice-Chancellor message to staff and students