2008 – Federal Budget Briefing Paper – The Better Universities Renewal Fund and Postgraduate Students

Attachment: CAPA Paper

The Government is providing $500 million in 2007-08 for higher education institutions to undertake capital projects to support improved teaching and learning, research and students’ overall higher education experience. Priority areas will be information and communications technology, laboratories, libraries and student study spaces, teaching spaces and student amenities (Higher Education 2020 Newsletter, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations (DEEWR), Issue 2, May 2008).

The purpose of this briefing paper is to highlight the need for investment in facilities for coursework and research postgraduate students, and to assist universities in adopting an enlightened approach to the allocation of their share of infrastructure funding.