Labor’s Plan To Expand Access To Quality Higher Education And Support Local Jobs In Penrith

A Shorten Labor Government will establish a Commonwealth Institute of Higher Education in Penrith to deliver new technical and education opportunities.

A Commonwealth Institute in Penrith will deliver a mix of higher and advanced vocational education to up to 1,600 more students, as a joint venture between university, TAFE, industry and State and local Government.

Commonwealth support will be subject to a funding agreement with the New South Wales Government.

The Penrith site will be one of a network of pilot institutes to address acute needs in areas of higher education under-participation, while trialling approaches tailored to local conditions.

While Australians are accessing higher education at record rates, the participation rate in some areas, such as Western Sydney, have hardly budged.

Commonwealth Institutes will deliver high quality and hands-on work-integrated learning. Applied real-world learning will be their distinguishing feature. 

Labor will invest $20 million to bring this new innovative form of education to Western Sydney.

Students will be offered Advanced Diplomas and Associate Degrees, and the option to continue on to Bachelor-level study at university.

By contrast the Liberals are cutting university funding and introducing $100,000 degrees.

They have stood by while the VET system’s reputation has been trashed, its students ripped off, its quality of provision degraded, and the taxpayer bled dry by unscrupulous operators raiding the VET FEE-HELP system.

Only Labor can be trusted to have a comprehensive plan for Australian higher education, ensuring Australia’s prosperity and securing jobs of the future.  

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