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Not enough funding to meet demand says ALSA

Not enough funding to meet demand says ALSA

The Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) has called on the Federal Government to review the per-student funding allocated to Australian universities. Universities currently receive $16

The Australian Law Students Association (ALSA) has called on the Federal Government to review the per-student funding allocated to Australian universities. Universities currently receive $1674 per year for each law student they enrol.

"'There hasn't been a serious review of the amount universities receive per student in each course since 1991, when the Relative Funding Model was introduced," said ALSA Vice-President Education Chris Holmes.

Holmes was responding to a Federal Government announcement of plans to increase participation in higher education by moving to a demand-driven funding model. Education Minister Julia Gillard announced in March that by 2012 universities would be funded on a demand-driven model, under which universities receive funding for each student in an accredited course. By 2025, the Government wants 40 per cent of 25-to-34-year-olds to have obtained a bachelors degree.

Holmes was critical of Gillard's Commonwealth funding proposal: "Gillard's plan assumes that the current funding is adequate - this is simply not true. In many disciplines, such as Law and Engineering, the amount universities receive does not cover the cost of teaching," Holmes said.

"Commonwealth-Supported Places have to be subsidised from more profitable courses or full-fee places. Taking more Commonwealth-Supported students just increases the total funding shortfall. What University is going to take on more students if they can't fund their teaching?"


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