11/08/2014 - 13:37

WA Universities to lose $500m in funding

11/08/2014 - 13:37

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The National Tertiary Education Union has argued that the impact of the federal budget cuts would leave Western Australia's universities almost $500 million worse off.

WA Universities to lose $500m in funding

The National Tertiary Education Union has argued that the impact of the federal budget cuts would leave Western Australia's universities almost $500 million worse off. 

The NTEU said universities would have to increase their fees by about 30 per cent on average to compensate for the 20 per cent per student cut to the Commonwealth Grants Scheme, with Curtin University to be hit the hardest with a $146.2 million loss between 2016 and 2019.

The University of Western Australia would be $118.6 million out of pocket, while Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and University of Notre Dame Australia would lose $101.5, $63.7 and $41.3 million respectively.

“Universities are clearly concerned about the extent to which they can charge higher fees and still enroll enough students to gain the qualifications needed to meet the ever increasing workforce demand for graduates,” NTEU national president Jeannie Rea said. 

“These severe cuts to public funding mean that each university will face either significantly increasing student fees and debts, or compromising the scope, nature and ultimately the quality of the teaching, research and community service they deliver to their students.”

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