More Uni places for a future made in regional Australia

Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters has visited O-Week at Bendigo’s La Trobe University to promote Labor’s commitment to boost university places.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Morrison government has locked universities out of JobKeeper, cut overall funding to the sector and introduced a higher education bill making it harder and more expensive for students to go to university.

La Trobe University has announced hundreds of redundancies over the past two years, it’s time they had a federal government that supported the sector.

Labor will create more university places and tackle the skill shortages that are holding back our COVID-19 recovery.

It’s getting harder and more expensive to go to uni.

The proportion of applicants who get an offer of a place at university has fallen every year since the Liberal Government slashed university funding. This year, the offer rate fell to its lowest level in years. 

This has happened in the face of the stark economic reality that nine out of ten jobs of the future will require a VET qualification or a university degree.

A Labor Government will deliver secure, well-paid jobs, by investing in the skills Australia needs to drive future economic growth.

Labor understands that enhancing access, outcomes, opportunities, and support for regional students will build regional economies.

La Trobe University campuses in Bendigo, Mildura, Shepparton and Wodonga are vital to regional Victoria’s pandemic recovery and economic future.
 
Labor’s Future Made in Australia Skills Plan will deliver up to 20,000 new university places.
 
This will help fix areas of skills shortages and fill future skills needs by training Australians in jobs including engineering, nursing, tech, and teaching.

Places will also be prioritised for universities offering more opportunities for under-represented groups such as people in regional, remote and outer-suburban areas, those who are the first in their family to study at university, and First Nations Australians.