CAPA Welcomes Greens’ Vision for Higher Ed
The Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) has welcomed higher education policy announcements issued today by The Greens. “Research workforce issues have certainly emerged as one of the key sustainability issues in higher education. CAPA welcomes the Greens' approach to valuing our higher education system and the academic workforce that supports it, alongside their active and committed approach to student equity” CAPA National Secretary, John Nowakowski said.
CAPA welcomes the kind of sustainable vision found in The Greens Higher Education Policy. Significant policy statements outlined by The Greens include:
· Reform the Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) to better support our early career researchers by:
o Increasing the duration of APAs from 3 to 4 years;
o Increasing amount of APAs to $26,000;
o Exempting part-time APAs from assessable income for income tax purposes.
· The appointment of a Higher Education Parliamentary Secretary to provide appropriate focus on higher education issues and liaison across portfolios in relation to research and international higher education issues;
· Require universities to develop higher education workforce plans to address the emerging workforce issues, in particular the increasing casualisation of the academic workforce. The plans will need to demonstrate workforce sustainability, reduced reliance on casual staff and include career development opportunities and early career support.
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Media contact – CAPA National Secretary John Nowakowski 0447 251 131 or firstname.lastname@example.org