Victoria Government Supports Regional Students

Victoria Government Supports Regional Students

Victoria Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall

Youth Allowance Review A Win For Regional Victorian Students: Hall

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Higher Education and Skills Peter Hall today welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to bring forward a review into the student income support system and said the review would have significant implications for regional Victorian students.

“The Victorian Coalition had tirelessly lobbied the Federal Government to increase financial support for regional students undertaking further study and today’s developments are a step in the right direction.” Mr. Hall said.

“The Coalition remains committed to working with the Federal Government to remove barriers to students accessing higher education opportunities.”

Mr. Hall said he particularly welcomed the specific focus in the review on the capacity of rural and regional students to access higher education.

 

“As we know from a number of recent reports, including the recently launched Deferring a University Offer in Regional Victoria, Professor Kwong Lee Dow’s Expert Panel report, and the Parliamentary Inquiry into Geographical Differences in the rate in which Victorian Students Participate in Higher Education, one of the most significant issues facing students is the cost of living away from home while studying.” Mr. Hall said.

“Financial barriers to studying are especially common for students from regional areas and I look forward to the results from this review prompting change that will result in an increasing number of rural and regional Victorian students accessing allowances, and higher education opportunities.”

Mr. Hall said access to higher education was crucial in driving economic growth and meeting the needs of industry, particularly in regional areas.

“At a time when we need to make it easier for Victorians to upskill to meet industry needs, there are currently a disproportionate number of regional people deferring their skills development.” Mr. Hall said.

Mr. Hall said the Victorian Government had already begun work on initiatives to address regional deferral rates, and increase the number of regional Victorians accessing skills training and higher education opportunities.

The review of the student income support system will report to the Commonwealth Government by 1 July this year, one year earlier than initially scheduled.