The Australian Federal Government’s education policy changes: some implications for Australian universities

Mamun, Shamsul Arifeen Khan and Rahman, Mohammad Mafizur (2015) The Australian Federal Government’s education policy changes: some implications for Australian universities. International Journal of Education Economics and Development , 6 (2). pp. 97-110. ISSN 1759-5673


In 2013, the Australian Government declared its education policy,cutting federal government grants for public universities with a view to generating funds for the Gonski reform: a funding plan for primary and secondary schools. In 2014, the new government has declared university
funding policy giving an indication about further funding cut from 2016. In the context of diminishing government grants, universities started to think strategically and act accordingly to cope with their budgetary challenges. In this
paper we have explored the rational strategy the public universities might take based on the efficiency concept in production economics. We have used cross-section data collected from the Australian Department of Education
website. Descriptive and empirical analyses have been used as research methodologies to analyse the data and to interpret the upcoming challenges for the universities.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2016 05:22
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 00:14
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; Gonski reform; cost of higher education; Australian Government’s education policy; ordinary least square; OLS; elasticity
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930599 Education and Training Systems not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1504/IJEED.2015.070619

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