MEDIA RELEASE - 20,000 MORE UNI PLACES FOR A FUTURE MADE IN AUSTRALIA - 14 JANUARY 2022

MEDIA RELEASE - 20,000 MORE UNI PLACES FOR A FUTURE MADE IN AUSTRALIA - 14 JANUARY 2022 Main Image

14 January 2022

PETA MURPHY MP

MEMBER FOR DUNKLEY

 

20,000 MORE UNI PLACES FOR A FUTURE MADE IN AUSTRALIA

An Albanese Labor Government will deliver secure, well-paid jobs, by investing in the skills Australia needs to drive future economic growth.
 
Labor will create up to 20,000 more university places to tackle the skill shortages that are holding back our COVID-19 comeback.

The proportion of applicants who get an offer of a place at university has fallen every year since the Liberal Government slashed university funding. This year, the offer rate fell to its lowest level in years. 

This has happened in the face of the stark economic reality that nine out of ten jobs of the future will require a VET qualification or a university degree.
 
One in four Australian businesses are experiencing critical skills shortages at the same time there are 2 million Australians who are either looking for a job or want to work more hours.

Labor’s $1.2 billion Future Made in Australia Skills Plan will focus on closing the gap on key areas of skills shortages with new places at university and TAFE.

This will help train Australians in jobs including engineering, nursing, tech, and teaching.
 
Places will also be prioritised for universities offering more opportunities for under-represented groups such as people in regional, remote and outer-suburban areas, those who are the first in their family to study at university, and First Nations Australians.
 
Our Year 12s have had the final school years from hell.
 
Our students didn’t ask for this significant disruption.
 
Labor’s commitment will help lighten the load for school leavers at a very stressful time.

 

DATE: 14 JANUARY 2022

MEDIA CONTACT: DYLAN STEED 9781 2333

Authorised by Paul Erickson, ALP, Canberra.