2010 – The 2010 Federal Election and Postgraduates

Attachment: CAPA Report

This report outlines the key issues and priorities for Australia’s 280,000+ postgraduate students in the lead up to the 2010 Federal Election. The report is informed by the efforts of the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) to support improvements and reforms for postgraduates for over 30 years, as well as ongoing engagement and consultation on the interests and needs of this important group.

Postgraduates have won some important reforms during the current term of Government, but more needs to be done. The challenges for the next Federal Government include:

  • Completing reforms to scholarships and student income support
  • Implementation of a national research workforce strategy
  • Ensuring quality and sustainability in higher education and research

This report outline key aspects for each of these priorities.  This report also contains a summary of a much larger review of higher education and related reviews and inquiries between 2007 and 2010.