Current Proposed Cuts University Funding Will Damage Australia 's Education System Essay

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Current proposed cuts to university funding will damage Australia’s education system

The Australian education system provides primary, secondary and tertiary education. School education is primary and secondary while tertiary education includes both higher education (including universities) and vocational education and training (VET) (Elcom 2013). Australian qualification framework (AQF) is a national policy, government-authorized and nationally accredited, covering tertiary education sector. The AQF has 10 levels and links school, vocational and university education qualifications into one national system (Elcom 2013). With respect to funding education, each state or territory government provides funding and regulates the public and private schools within its governing area while the federal government helps fund the public universities (Elcom 2013; King 2001, p. 190).

The universities are predominantly government-owned and relay on government funding for their main source of income to run their everyday business and they argue that the reduced funding would bring a crisis in higher education system (King 2001, p. 191). On the other hand, government of all political persuasions seems to accept university funding as trivial government agenda. Even though, recently elected coalition government has announced an increase in research funding, the package seems too little compare to recent university funding cut (King 2001, p. 191). The recent proposal to cut university
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