Support for students a shared priority

13 April 2013

Higher Education Minister Sharon Bird today addressed the 2013 Australasian Association of College and Housing Officers conference in Adelaide and acknowledged the importance of the provision of quality student accommodation in attracting domestic and international students.

“Student housing is an important service in opening up Australian universities so more people have the opportunity to gain the benefits of higher education,” Ms Bird said in acknowledging the role of members of the Association.

“It is vital students are focussed on their studies and not distracted by concerns over day-to-day living such as accommodation.

“The Australian Government has invested a record $5 billion in improving infrastructure in the higher education, research and vocational education and training sectors since 2007 with some projects for housing students receiving funding.

“The Australian Government has undertaken major reforms to higher education so this year we expect 190,000 more Australians to get the opportunity to study at university, compared to 2007.

“With a boost in funding for universities and increases to student income support, more Australian students are getting an opportunity to go to university, especially regional students and disadvantaged students.

“We are also expecting a major increase in the number of international students and they all require quality accommodation.”

In 2012 Australia received more than 400,000 international students from 190 countries and the Chaney Report released in February estimated Australia could be hosting an additional 117,000 international students by 2020.