More places for nurses, teachers, and engineers at Western Australia’s universities

Published on Mon 24 October 2022 2:38pm

This is a clear example of Labor’s commitment to the important work of addressing inequality and social exclusion as we boost education and training. These places will provide people with the opportunity to escape severe disadvantage while strengthening our workforce in areas of high demand.

The Australian Government has allocated 3,033 additional Western Australian university places to train more teachers, nurses, and engineers.

The additional places for Western Australian universities represent an injection of almost $92 million to train Australians who are presently underrepresented at university in areas of skills need.

This delivers on the Albanese Government’s commitment to provide 20,000 extra university places to train more Australians, with priority on places for students under-represented at Australian universities – those from poorer backgrounds, Indigenous Australians, and students from rural and remote Australia.

The additional places have been allocated to the following WA universities:

The measure will provide extra places for people studying bachelor and sub-bachelor courses in areas of skills need like education, nursing, health, IT and engineering.

Comment attributable to Education Minister Jason Clare:

“This means more teachers, nurses and engineers, and it means more Australians from poor families and rural and remote Australia doing these jobs. That’s life changing.”

Comment attributable to Josh Wilson:

“People in rural and remote communities across Western Australia face some of the biggest barriers to attending university. This measure will mean more students from poorer backgrounds, Indigenous communities, and young people from rural and remote communities can go to university.

“The Albanese Government is delivering a proportionate share of student places for WA universities with this announcement, including 613 students for the University of Notre Dame, which of course is based in Freo, but also operates in Broome.”

“This is a clear example of Labor’s commitment to the important work of addressing inequality and social exclusion as we boost education and training. These places will provide people with the opportunity to escape severe disadvantage while strengthening our workforce in areas of high demand.”

Across the country, higher education providers have been allocated places in the following areas:

The remaining courses will be offered in other areas of skills shortage.

The additional places nationally will be for students starting next year and in 2024 with an investment of up to $485.5 million over the next four years.

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