Skip to content
Education Training, Religion

Inaugural Faith-based Higher Education Summit launched in Parliament alongside Minister for Education

Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance (ACHEA) 2 mins read

For release 30th October 2023


The inaugural Faith-based Higher Education Summit is being held in Federal Parliament today and is sponsored by the Minister for Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP. For the first time in Australia’s history faith leaders, academics, and peak bodies from the sector will come together and articulate a vision for the role of faith-based higher education in the region.

A booming faith-based secondary education sector, now teaching around 50% of all secondary students in some major cities, has dramatically increased demand for diverse tertiary pathways with a faith ethos. However, sector representatives highlight the ongoing challenges around student funding inequality, access to research grants, and religious freedom that need to be addressed.

Spokesperson for the Australian Christian Higher Education Alliance (ACHEA), Dr Johan Roux (CEO – Tabor College), expressed his appreciation to the Minister for hosting the Summit.

“We are delighted that Minister Clare has been able to support this vision of bringing the faith-based higher education sector together under the Parliament roof,” Dr Roux said.

“The response has been fantastic, with Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist innovators and academics all coming and seeking to engage with how to address the education and training needs in their faith communities.”

“Faith-based higher education providers have dominated the student experience QILT rankings for many years, taking out 12 of the top 14 spots in the latest report, and it is high-time we utilise the quality, growth, innovation and diversity in the sector.”

“Faith is reason grown courageous, and today’s summit is an opportunity to bring forth that unique vision and contribution to our nation and interantionally.”

ACHEA, the facilitators of the event, represents a coalition of faith-based institutions including Avondale University, Alphacrucis University College, Christian Heritage College, Eastern College Australia, Excelsia College, Morling College, Sheridan Institute of Higher Education and Tabor College.

Other prominent guests attending the summit include Sheikh Shadi Alsuleiman, President of the Australian National Imams Council, Senator Sarah Henderson, the Shadow Minister for Education, and Ms Selina Kuruleca, the Secretary of Education for Fiji.

“We must not forget that faith-based higher education also plays a significant role in Australia and the wider region.” Continued Dr Roux.

“The close communities and purpose-infused curriculum benefits are clear with evidence showing faith-based higher education students are more likely to be first in family, put in more volunteer hours, and choose more service orientated careers.”

“Additionally, in the South Pacific region, one of the key obstacles to social and economic development has been a lack of adequate access to quality tertiary education.”

“With a 92% rate of Christian affiliation in the South Pacific, and 86% Muslim affiliation in Indonesia, there are important partnership opportunities that are being overlooked.”

The summit comes at a key time in government policy deliberations with the University Accord final report set to be completed before the end of the year, and the ALRC Religious Educational Institutions Inquiry set to report within the month on whether religious educational communities can continue to administer their mission-based institutions according to their religious ethos.


The Faith-based Higher Education Summit is being held in the Main Committee Room of Parliament House on Monday, October 30th between 9:00am and 4:00pm. A program can be found here, and Dr Roux can be available for interviews on the day upon request.


Contact details:

Nick Jensen - - 0405163048

More from this category

  • Education Training, Religion
  • 02/12/2023
  • 00:05
The Australia Institute

Qualifications, not religion, should decide who provides pastoral care in public schools

MEDIA RELEASE | EMBARGOED until 12.05am Saturday, 2 December 2023 New research from the Australia Institute and the Rationalist Society of Australia has found that most Australians are unaware that the federal government funds a program under which pastoral care workers in public schools are hired based on religion. After being told of the program, two in three Australians agree that qualifications and experience – rather than religious endorsements – should determine who gets hired for the job. The research also finds that most Australians support their state or territory hiring pastoral support workers directly rather than through an agency,…

  • Contains:
  • Education Training
  • 01/12/2023
  • 07:02


TODAY in TOWNSVILLE at 11am – at the Tobruk Baths at The Strand MEDIA ARE INVITED TO MEET THE YOUNG MUSICIAN WHO HAS WON THE 2023 Theodore Kuchar Scholarship Attending will be the Townsville Mayor, Cr Jenny Hill, Australian Festival of Chamber Music Executive Director Ricardo Peach and the winner, Cathedral School student Do Young Park! *** He’s only 15 years old, but already young Townsville-Gurambilbarra violinist Do Young Park from The Cathedral School dreams of performing at Carnegie Hall, and he’s now well on the way after being awarded the prestigious Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s 2023 Theodore Kuchar…

  • Education Training
  • 01/12/2023
  • 07:00
Women's Health in the South East

Talking With Kids About Respect this 16 Days of Activism

This 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the team at Women’s Health in the South East (WHISE) are talking to children about respect…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time your distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.