Between 2008 and 2015, the number of disadvantaged students enrolled at Australian institutions increased by 50.2%.
While research shows HEPPP has helped to increase numbers of disadvantaged students going to university, more specific evidence is still needed.
What are some alternatives to the ATAR?
In determining a replacement for the ATAR, it will be essential to consider the impacts of any such change on the school and vocational education systems.
Australian universities should explore ways of working with Indian institutions.
Australia will face stiff competition from other countries, such as the US and UK, so it must have a clear strategy for how to deepen its engagement with India’s higher education sector.
The new government’s existing research policy framework is pretty thin.
Research and development investment remains stagnant in Australia. It's time for a new, long-term strategy for research.
Both sides of politics agree that student funding rates need reviewing.
At best, there will be no new public money, just shuffling funds between programs. At worst, higher education will help reduce the budget deficit.
Capping the number of students at current levels would reduce future participation in tertiary education.
One option could be to cut per-student funding and instead raise the student contribution from an average of about 40% to 50%, by raising HECS caps.
There has been an increase in research grants going to high-profile applicants.
Demand for research grants has far exceeded supply, with success rates for grant applications falling to record lows.
University education has paid a rate of return of around 15%.
Not only does higher education build the economy's skills and knowledge, but that it pays for itself and much else many times over.
Visiting universities while in high school helps to demystify higher education.
Mentoring support and campus visits are a couple of ways of familiarising students with university.
We know there will be cuts if the Liberal party is re-elected.
Liberal higher education policy is obscure; perhaps deliberately so. But the conclusion is clear. Unless students are required to pay significantly more, universities will face major cuts.
Kim Carr (left) and Christopher Pyne (right) debating on innovation at the National Press Club.
Pyne talked more about changing taxes and incentives to stimulate growth and industry, whereas Carr had clear plans for government investment.
The main ‘failure’ of the demand-driven system is its success.
The main failure of university expansion is the unwillingness to fund it. Costs are certainly escalating, but priorities are always political as well as financial.
Under a demand driven system, poor students are finding more opportunities to attend university.
While on the face of it a 1.5% increase in the number of disadvantaged students going to university might seem minimal, in real terms this is genuinely significant.
Labor said they would establish Commonwealth Institutes of Higher Education at ten sites across Australia.
Labor's policy essentially creates a new layer of tertiary education that would involve universities and TAFE Institutes working together to deliver associate degrees and advanced diplomas.