Higher Education Relief Package


The Federal Government’s Higher Education Relief Package will support workers displaced by the COVID-19 crisis who are looking to upskill or retrain, and help universities and other higher education providers to continue teaching.

Australia’s universities and private providers are world-class. The Government’s package will mean Australians will be able to use their time social distancing to develop skills for new jobs in national priority sectors.

We are asking providers to quickly develop short, industry-focussed, online courses which can be offered to students from 1 May, and will initially run for six months. Providers will have autonomy in the design and delivery of these courses.

Importantly for students, they will be able to access these courses for significantly discounted student FEE-HELP contributions of either $1,250 or $2,500.

Universities and other higher education providers should consider how best they can meet local employment and skills needs in areas of identified national priorities, which include: Teaching, Psychology, Maths, English, Nursing, Languages, Agriculture, Health, Architecture, IT, Engineering, Environmental Studies and Science.

More information will become available through www.courseseeker.edu.au as higher education providers finalise the design and delivery of these courses. Additionally, you can contact higher education providers directly for information about course options, how to enrol, and pre-requisite requirements.

These short online courses are part of the Morrison Government’s Higher Education Relief Package, which guarantees its commitment to provide universities with more than $18 billion this year, through guaranteeing their Commonwealth Grants Scheme (CGS) and HELP funding streams at their current levels for the rest of 2020.

For more information about the Australian Government’s Higher Education Relief Package, visit the Department of Education website HERE

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