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President's column - June 2014

Ensuring Access to an Engineering Qualification

One of the most contentious parts of the Federal Budget has been the reform of the Australian higher education system. Of particular concern to me is the potential impact on professions such as engineering, with potential course fee increases of 50-60% being discussed.

At this stage there is still not a clear estimate of the financial impact of the changes for engineering students. The universities’ approach to deregulation has not been confirmed and the budget may still face further change before passing Parliament. Engineers Australia is preparing by compiling data on student contribution rates and working with Universities Australia to model potential impacts.

Blake E. Harvey MIEAust CPEng
2014 Queensland President

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