On 11 August 2020, the Australian Government released its draft exposure legislation on its Job-ready Graduates Package. The InAsa has written to Australia’s Education Minister, the Honourable Dan Tehan, to voice our concerns. Our key points reiterate what many other associations have also noted. Namely, that:
1. These proposed changes to Humanities funding do not appear to be based on reliable research about graduate employment, including that commissioned by the Federal Government. Policy research shows that more than 90% of Humanities graduates are successfully employed post-graduation.
2. The increased costs for Humanities degrees create a profound equity problem. InAsa welcomes reduced fees for students, but believe this should be across the board of subject areas and degrees.