Tertiary Education

tertiary students

Engaging in a tertiary education at an institution of their choice should be an option for all Australian students who have the ability, ambition, motivation and aspiration to pursue their goals regardless of their socio-economic status, geographic location or circumstances.

Rural and remote students continue to be under-represented at tertiary level and have lower participation and completion rates compared to their metropolitan counterparts. The high cost of relocation, including transport, upfront and ongoing living expenses, distance from university and inability to be able to live at home, access to financial assistance and accommodation availability and affordability are all challenges that result in the under-representation and in turn influences tertiary education aspirations, access, retention and success of rural and remote tertiary students.

Motions passed at Federal Conference are actioned by Federal Council. Prior to the next conference a Conference Motion Update is released to update members on the actions and developments pertaining to all motions. Please follow this link to view the current and previous Conference Motion Updates.

Information for the Tertiary Education portfolio

Federal Tertiary Education Briefing Paper

Updated: Thursday, 1 July 2021

The Tertiary Education Briefing paper provides an outline of the current key issues ICPA (Aust) is advocating for with the Federal Government and stakeholders.


Federal Tertiary Reports presented to Federal Conference

Updated: Sunday, 12 December 2021

Conference Portfolio Reports are a detailed document highlighting advocacy completed throughout the year regarding that portfolio.


Federal Tertiary Motions presented to Federal Conference

Updated: Wednesday, 17 November 2021

Federal Tertiary motions from the past three Federal Conferences are available on this page.


Relevant Policies to Tertiary Education Portfolio

Updated: Monday, 19 April 2021

The below policies are relevant to the Tertiary Education Portfolio.


Federal Tertiary Financial Assistance

Updated: Thursday, 20 January 2022

This page outlines Federal Government assistance for those students who wish to undertake a Higher Education course.


Submissions and Reviews relevant to the Federal Tertiary Portfolio

Updated: Saturday, 3 April 2021

The below submissions have been prepared by ICPA (Aust) and have been lodged on behalf of our members.


Federal Tertiary Scholarships

Updated: Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Scholarships can assist tertiary students to cover accommodation, living expenses, course fees, equipment and costs, start-up costs and travel.


ICPA (Aust) Training and Tertiary Portfolios Updates

Updated: Wednesday, 1 December 2021

ICPA (Aust) Federal Training and Tertiary Portfolio updates


Useful Links and Resources for Tertiary students and their families

Updated: Saturday, 17 July 2021

This page provides links to useful websites to assist students and families navigate the Tertiary Education system.