Go8 Backgrounder 13 - Standards

1 Oct 2010

The Government’s proposed approach to higher education involves a degree of central regulation and intrusion which is beyond that found in other OECD countries and which is unprecedented in Australia. There are concerns within the higher education community that this approach will be counterproductive because it will stifle diversity, erode quality and reduce the flexibility necessary to respond to unexpected needs and challenges. The Go8 believes that the Government should conduct a fundamental review of its overall approach to test its assumptions and ensure that Australia can move to a high quality system built on excellence across all areas of need.