Deregulation, regulation, or… ? A public discussion about the future of Au...

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Public Lecture Theatre (Old Arts Building)

Melbourne University Parkville


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Deregulation, regulation, or… ? A public discussion about the future of Australian universities

The federal government wishes to deregulate the higher education sector, including the removal of limits to the amounts of tuition fees that Universities might charge. Much of this proposal is framed in the name of freedom: freedom of universities to manage their own affairs, freedom of choice for potential students, and freedom of the educational “market” to self-regulate through the logics of supply and demand. Many (including the Labor and Greens parties, unions and student groups) have opposed this, arguing that deregulation limits students’ access to education, impoverishes future graduates, endangers many Australian universities, and will most likely erode the overall quality of Australian higher education. Others, notably many University Vice-Chancellors, have argued that fee deregulation is necessary in the face of continuous reductions in government funding to the higher education sector. Even though legislation to de-regulate higher education fees has now been defeated twice in the Australian Senate, Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has promised to never give up on this quest.


Prof. Glyn Davis, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne & Adam Bandt, Greens Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne

Chair: Jeannie Rea, National President, NTEU.

Event Details:

Thursday 16th April, 6:30-7:30pm. A light supper to follow.

Venue: Old Arts Public Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne, Parkville


“We Are The University” is an initiative of the University of Melbourne’s branch of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). It aims to bring together members of the University community (academics, professional/ general staff, students, and graduates/ alumni) and the broader community to discuss important issues in higher education.

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