Emma Jeffery, 19, is working part-time at the Mecca Cafe in Lismore, but plans to start her university studies next year.
Emma Jeffery, 19, is working part-time at the Mecca Cafe in Lismore, but plans to start her university studies next year. The Northern Star

Emma keen for share of $6b uni bailout

EMMA Jeffery yesterday urged the Rudd Government to adopt the recommendations of the Bradley Review into the country's higher education system that would see almost $6 billion pumped into the cash-strapped sector.

It would also give tertiary students like Emma, who after a year's break starts an Environmental Science course next year, much-needed financial assistance.

“I took a year off after high school to work and save a bit of money for uni. This would definitely help next year,” she said.

The review, by University of South Australia vice-chancellor Denise Bradley, made 46 recommendations aimed at reforming the financing and regulation of higher education, and proposed lifting the share of 25-34 year olds with a bachelor's degree to 40 per cent by 2020.

A key recommendation is a boost to student support payments after it found current levels were inadequate.

“Current levels of income support are inadequate to support the participation and success of students from low socio-economic backgrounds,” the review said.

It recommended raising the parental income test threshold by $11,000 to $42,559 allowing more students to qualify for support.

It also said the amount students were allowed to earn before it affected their payments should be almost doubled to $400 a fortnight.

The report, which focuses on increasing participation in higher eduction, was also welcomed by Southern Cross University.

Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Bill MacGillivray said the recommendations would benefit students living in regional areas.

“These recommendations will pave the way for even greater focus in this area and a very welcome increase in assistance for those students,” he said.

The Government is expected to respond to the review early next year.



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