More university study hubs where they’re needed most

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It will soon be easier for people living in outer metropolitan areas like South Western Sydney to go to university.

Member for Werriwa Anne Stanley says the Albanese Government will do that for people in outer suburban communities like Werriwa by doubling the number of university study hubs across the country.

Ms Stanley says the government will also establish hubs in the outer suburbs of major cities for the first time.

Twenty new regional university study hubs (formerly called regional university centres) and 14 new suburban university study hubs will be delivered as part of the government plan.

The Werriwa MP says this will deliver on the first immediate action of the Australian universities accord interim report released on Wednesday, which will make it easier for young people who live outside the major cities to get a degree.

“Almost one in two Australians in their late 20s have a university degree, but that’s not the case in the outer suburbs or regions,’’ says Ms Stanley.

“In the next 10 years, more and more jobs will require a university or TAFE qualification.

“The postcode you live in shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a degree.

“The hubs will provide support close to home for students that would otherwise need to travel long distances to get to and from an inner-city campus.”

The Albanese Government will invest $66.9 million to establish the 34 new hubs in areas without a physical university campus and where the percentage of the population with university qualifications is low.

Locations will be determined through a competitive application process run by the Department of Education.

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