Labor welcomes today's announcement that New Zealand citizens, who have been long term residents in Australia, will have access to HECS come 1 January 2016.


This commitment was first made by the Labor Government in 2013. 

Unfortunately the Abbott-Turnbull Government has - to date - linked the implementation of this measure to the passing of the Liberal's unfair and unnecessary legislation for the deregulation of universities and $100,000 degrees. 

Today's announcement now marks the second time the Abbott-Turnbull Government has promised the New Zealand Government that this measure would be enacted. 

Labor has pursued this issue with vigour, proposing a Private Senators Bill that is currently before the Parliament, which the government declined to support when it was debated last month. 

It is high time the Abbott-Turnbull Government broke its habit of holding the future of young people to ransom in pursuit of its ideologies. 

A Shorten Labor Government will invest in every student to ensure they graduate with the skills and knowledge they need for the jobs of the future.   

A Shorten Labor Government will:

  1. Increase the number of students completing their study by 20,000 graduates a year from 2020.

  2. Deliver more information for parents and students so they can make good decisions about university.

  3. Introduce a new Student Funding Guarantee to remove the need for higher fees and a lifetime of debt.

  4. Invest $31 million to boost the quality of teaching and resources  in our universities.

  5. Establish an independent Higher Education Productivity and Performance Commission to ensure graduates meet the needs of the future economy.

  6. Create a Startup Year at universities so students can develop their idea, get business knowhow and connect with finance.

    Only Labor is committed to investing in the skills, science, research and innovation that will create and sustain the jobs of the future.

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