Download: CAPA & NATSIPA Joint Submission in Response to the Senate Inquiry on the Cost of living
According to the latest data from the Department of Education, over 1.6 million university students are currently enrolled and studying at Australian Universities. Many of these students are young adults who need to balance engaging in their education and securing an income to cover the cost of living.
Thus it should come as no surprise that many university students are currently struggling with the cost of living increases. Most notably, the impact of the increasing cost of living is most severe amongst the most vulnerable disadvantaged groups (i.e. lower socio-economic backgrounds, indigenous, international students, students with disabilities, regional students and women). In our response, we highlight the pain points currently affecting students (especially postgraduates) and key policy areas that will allow more significant support to the cohort we represent.