27 August 2018

The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) congratulates the Hon. Dan Tehan MP on his appointment as the Minister for Education, and welcomes the announcement of the Hon. Karen Andrews MP as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

“The ATN looks forward to working with Ministers Tehan and Andrews to strengthen Australia’s world-class higher education sector” said Renee Hindmarsh, ATN Executive Director.

“Universities are key to Australia’s prosperity and we look forward to working with the new Ministers to ensure Australia’s higher education policy settings deliver world-class higher education that is accessible and promotes participation, particularly to under-represented equity groups.”

“We should be striving towards both access and excellence to drive Australia’s future prosperity”, Ms Hindmarsh said.

Educating 20 per cent of Australia’s university graduates and with more than two thirds of our research funding since 2010 coming from industry and end users, the ATN also calls on the new Ministers to ensure Australia’s policy settings promote stronger collaboration between universities and industry; including an R&D tax incentive collaboration premium.

“The Australian university sector underpins the nation’s third largest export sector and it is vital we have the correct settings in place to deliver stability, confidence and ensure the sector continues to thrive.”

The ATN would also like to thank Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham for his work in the Education portfolio, the Hon. Julie Bishop for her support for the university sector as Foreign Minister – especially the New Colombo Plan- and Senator the Hon. Michaelia Cash for her work as Minister for Jobs and Innovation.