Minister Wishes Students Well

Minister Wishes Students Well

Victoria Minister for Higher Education & Skills Peter Hall

Higher Education Vital To Victoria’s Future

Victor P Taffa

Today is a pivotal moment in the lives of young Victorians and their families as first round offers for tertiary education and training institutions are made public, Higher Education and Skills Minister Peter Hall said today.

Providing an overview of the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) offer process, Mr. Hall congratulated those students whose hard work throughout 2010 had paid off.

“I wish all Victorian students who have received an offer the very best for their future studies.” Mr. Hall said.

The 2011 first round offers are:

  • Tertiary Places: 59,027 (60,736 places in 2010)
  • University Places: 44,985 (44,469 places in 2010)

“While there has been little change in the number of university offers this year, there has been an 18 % increase in offers made by Victorian universities since 2008.”

Speaking with the Chair of VTAC, Mr. Ian Marshman Mr. Hall said it was encouraging to see an increase in the number of Year 12 students receiving offers.

“This year 82 % of Year 12 applicants received a first round university offer, an increase on 2010 (79 %), and overall 92 % received an offer to a tertiary institution (90 % in 2010).” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said as Victoria moved to a knowledge-driven, innovative economy, the state would increasingly need a workforce with higher levels of qualifications and skills.

“As the recently-released report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) stated, Victoria’s tertiary education system stands out among many other regions and is a key driver of Victoria’s economic development.” Mr. Hall said.

“Victoria is justifiably proud of the reputation of our higher education institutions, and the Coalition Government is looking to increase the number of students obtaining tertiary qualifications in Victoria to help drive economic development.”

Mr. Hall said Victoria required a major expansion of participation in higher education to continue to drive economic growth and meet the needs of industry.

“This year we will see critically important funding reviews of higher education base funding and funding for regional universities.” Mr. Hall said.

“I will be actively lobbying the Federal Government to ensure that Victoria’s universities are funded adequately to meet the economic, social and cultural needs of the state, particularly in Regional Victoria.”

“I will be strongly encouraging the Gillard Government to provide Commonwealth Supported Places to a broader range of training providers in Victoria, to increase the amount and diversity of courses available.” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said it was encouraging to see first round offers for places at regional campuses had remained steady for 2011, following a 17 % growth during 2009/10.

“The Victorian Coalition Government is working to encourage stronger partnerships between TAFE Institutes and universities, to make it easier for students to access higher education opportunities in Regional Victoria.” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said while first round VTAC offers were primarily for university places, students who had not received a place in their preferred course should not feel disheartened.

“For those who haven’t been offered a place, I want to reassure you that there are a vast number of other education and training opportunities available to you as you consider your future.” Mr. Hall said.

“Vocational education and training and TAFE courses offer valuable alternatives to university study and lead to great job outcomes as well.”

“Vocational training courses also often play an important role in providing valuable pathways through to Higher Education.” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said the Coalition Government was committed to improving pathways to higher education to ensure that all parts of the education and training system schools, VET providers and higher education providers were working together to meet Victoria’s future education and training needs.