Funding boost for University of Notre Dame Australia

The Government allocated $27.2 million to the university to cover course subsidies for an extra 2200 students (Instagram/University of Notre Dame Australia)

More than 2000 students at the University of Notre Dame Australia will pay lower fees following a Morrison Government decision to treat the Catholic higher education institution like a public university. Source: The Australian.

The Government’s mid-year economic and fiscal outlook, released yesterday, allocated $27.2 million to the university over the next four years to cover course subsidies for an extra 2200 students. The 12,000-student university is already a major recipient of federal support, having received nearly $70 million in student course subsidies in 2019.

Consequently, many of its students are already paying the same fees that apply in public universities.

Education Minister Dan Tehan said that the new status for Notre Dame recognised its focus on student outcomes and industry engagement.

Notre Dame has consistently come out ahead of all public universities in the student experience survey, an annual government-backed measure of the satisfaction of higher education students with their course and their institution.

Higher education researcher Andrew Norton said it made sense to put Notre Dame into the government’s “table A” category of universities, which includes all the public institutions.

Mr Tehan said the University of Notre Dame's status as a “table A” university means it will be eligible for new funding arrangements provided under the Government’s Job-ready Graduates package. The program will create additional university places and provide $900 million to support universities to work with local industry.


Handout to cut fees at Perth’s University of Notre Dame (By Tim Dodd, The Australian

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