CAPA is calling on the Government and Opposition to commit to extended income support to all low-income postgraduate coursework students, and to all low-income postgraduate research students who are not in receipt of a living allowance scholarship.
We have created a discussion paper which identified the following recommendations:
❖ Recommendation 1: That income support be expanded to domestic students of all postgraduate coursework degrees, subject to means testing of the student.
❖ Recommendation 2: That income support be established for domestic students of all research degrees who are not receiving an RTP scholarship or another scholarship of an equivalent or higher amount, subject to means testing of the student.
❖ Recommendation 3: That RTP PhD stipends be extended to a minimum of 4 years and Masters by Research stipends to no less than 2 years.
We have also provided a resource pack to CAPA affiliates to get involved in the campaign.
We encourage you to contact your local MP to inform them of the importance of income support for postgraduate students.
Related media coverage:
The Australian, Postgraduates seek better income support, 17 October 2018
University World News, Financial costs deter thousands of masters students, 6 July 2018
Campus Review, Student researchers demand payment for work, 28 May 2018
University World News, Call for postgraduate research students to be paid, 24 May 2018
RTR FM, Injustice for postgraduate students, 2 February 2018