Universities Australia welcomes the Government’s allocation of 20,000 additional university places to tackle skill shortages and give more people from under-represented backgrounds the chance to go to university.
“Increasing university places is crucial to keeping pace with the economy’s growing demand for skilled people,” Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said.
“Today’s announcement is clear recognition of the role universities play in addressing skill shortages and shaping a diverse and talented future workforce.
“More than half of the nearly one million new jobs projected to be created over the next five years will require a university degree, which is why it’s vital we skill-up Australians today to ensure we can meet the challenges and embrace the opportunities of tomorrow.
“We commend the Government for its focus on making university more accessible to under-represented backgrounds.
“Postcodes and socioeconomic backgrounds shouldn’t be a barrier to education.
“More university places mean more opportunity to maximise the skills and talents of all Australians – regardless of their background or where they live.
“We know that education is a mighty cause for good, especially for the advancement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
“Building on this first step, we will continue to push for expanded places for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait peoples residing in our regions and cities.
“We look forward to working further with the Government at next month’s Jobs and Skills Summit to set more Australians on the path to a university degree and strengthen our communities and the economy.”