Skip to content
Education Training, Government Federal

Universities Accord must deliver improvements for staff and students: union

National Tertiary Education Union 2 mins read

The National Tertiary Education Union will fight to ensure any changes stemming from the Universities Accord make higher education sustainable for staff and students.

 

The Accord Panel's final report, released today, contains 47 headline recommendations for the federal government to consider.

 

The NTEU welcomes the finding that "consistently high rates of casualisation in the system since 2010 hinder the higher education sector as it strives for improvement in learning and teaching quality".

 

The NTEU will continue working with the government to ensure this report leads to better universities including a new funding model that addresses rampant job insecurity and wage theft.

 

NTEU National President Dr Alison Barnes welcomed the release of the report.

 

“This ambitious reform blueprint has the potential to create better universities but only if it is implemented correctly and funded properly,” she said.

 

“The NTEU will examine the final report closely and work with members to determine a comprehensive response, given the enormous scope of reform proposed.

 

“The report is crystal clear that we need solutions to the insecure work crisis to protect quality and ensure staff retention and recruitment.

 

“Creating a new Australian Tertiary Education Commission should be a priority, with a focus on tackling core issues for staff.

 

“As should rolling back the unfair and poorly designed Job Ready Graduates scheme.

 

“The proposed changes to research funding have the potential to inject more fairness and certainty after years of neglect to one of Australia’s most precious resources.

 

 

“Recommendations to increase participation and better support of First Nations students and staff, and the promotion of First Nations knowledge and understanding within higher education are a step in the right direction.

 

“The NTEU proposed a Higher Education Future Fund, which is a core recommendation from the report.

 

“It’s crucial that a future fund focuses on addressing core issues for staff like insecure work.

 

“I want to pay tribute to all the incredible NTEU members that have worked so hard to ensure staff voices were heard throughout the Accord process.

 

“Our fight will now enter a new phase but with the same laser focus on creating better universities for staff, students and Australia.”


Contact details:

Matt Coughlan 0400 561 480 / matt@hortonadvisory.com.au

More from this category

  • Government Federal
  • 19/04/2024
  • 17:33
eSafety

Media statement: removal of extreme violent content

eSafetycontinues to engage with all major social media platforms regarding theresharingandrepostingof Class 1 content depicting recent violence in Sydney. We expect platforms benefiting from Australians using their service make genuine efforts to protect our citizens from harmful content and, in particular, enforce their own terms of service. eSafetyhas issued link deletion notices to search engines – limitingdiscoverabilityof this material in Australia – together with further Class 1 removal notices to sites. We will take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with these notices. In relation to X Corp, eSafety is working to ensure the company’s full and complete compliance with…

  • Education Training, Government Federal
  • 19/04/2024
  • 15:14
Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia

NCVER’s New Chief Executive Officer Welcomed By Skills Training Sector

The appointment of Mr John King as Chief Executive Officer of the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) has been welcomed by the Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA), the peak body representing independent Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), higher education, and international education providers. "NCVER’s work is critical to determining whether the nation’s skills training system delivers the outcomes that students and employers seek. From student activity and satisfaction to employer satisfaction, much of what NCVER does guides the discussion on the necessary policy reforms," said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive. With the Australian, state, and territory governments…

  • Contains:
  • Education Training, Environment
  • 18/04/2024
  • 11:13
Charles Darwin University

New study shows how quickly surface water moves to groundwater reservoirs across Western Australia

A new study from Charles Darwin University (CDU), Monash University and The University of Newcastle has presented almost 100,000 estimates of groundwater recharge rates…

  • Contains:

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

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