CEDA events explore the future of the Australian education system.

The education system is a critical contributor to Australia's economy. As one of Australia's biggest exports there are many questions that need addressing including:

  • What is the future of the education system in Australia?
  • How can unique individual requirements be met?
  • Where does funding come from – government, public, private?
  • Does the online environment change how people are educated, and if so, how?
  • What is the role for business and industry?

Further to the education system itself, discussions also need to centre on workforce reform and the future of work.

Essential for the progress and growth of Australia as well as for millions of individuals, CEDA drives discussion on education examining these complex questions with cross-sector speakers and influencers.

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  • A C plus for the new higher education prices | Swinburne University of Technology Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Impact) and member of CEDA's Council for Economic Policy, Professor Beth Webster, argues that many of the recently announced changes to university course funding are counterproductive and ignore crucial evidence established by the 2011 Lomax-Smith Review of Higher Education Prices on which she was a panel member.
  • International education to unlock opportunities for South Australian businesses | The opportunities available to South Australia through international students “is bigger than any of us can understand,” according to StudyAdelaide Chair, Sean Keenihan.
  • COVID-19 shows supporting early learning supports the economy | Following the government’s recent emergency early learning funding announcement, The Front Project CEO, Jane Hunt, and Research Manager, Dr Stacey Fox, explain how the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted the importance of early childhood education to the economy and exposed systemic problems with Australia’s policy approach.
  • Safeguarding the future of Australian research and higher education | Group of Eight (Go8) CEO, Vicki Thomson, reflects on the importance of the higher education and research sectors to the Australian economy and the ways in which we can ensure their continued growth. 
  • International education: WA playing catch up but opportunity is there | Western Australia is playing catch up with international education strategy and resources, Emeritus Professor Tracey Horton AO has told a CEDA audience at the Economic and Political Overview event in Perth.

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