23 JUNE 2020
ATN welcomes the Federal Government’s guarantee of a bachelor degree place at any university for Indigenous students from regional and remote areas, announced as part of the higher education reform package.
It is important that these students are given the opportunity to study at the campus that best fits their education and career path.
One third of Indigenous students at ATN universities are originally from regional and remote areas, and this provides more opportunities for current and prospective students.
“ATN has always been strongly committed to equity and participation across all our campuses – both metropolitan and regional,” said ATN Executive Director Luke Sheehy.
Improving education attainment through access to university is one of the most effective tools in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
“Evidence shows that opportunity at higher education is one of the greatest ways we can close the gap on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander disadvantage.
“Students going through school now will know that they will be guaranteed a place if they have earned it – that’s excellent motivation and support,” said Luke Sheehy.
This announcement will build on existing ATN initiatives such as:
ATN’s commitment to social justice and equity means that we always support measures that increase access to higher education, no matter their background or circumstance. ATN looks forward to welcoming more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students onto our campuses.