The future of Australia's higher education sector

The future of Australia's higher education sector

Sep 16
CEDA continues to examine Australia’s institutions and their important economic and social contributions when we consider the future of our higher education sector.
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The Hon. Dan Tehan MP, Federal Minister for Education
Professor Attila Brungs, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney, Chair, Australian Technology Network
Prof. Margaret Gardner AC, Chair, Group of Eight Australia, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University
Catriona Jackson, Chief Executive Officer, Universities Australia

Event Overview

Australia’s education sector was the nation’s fourth largest export in 2019 and has been a key contributor to the national economy.
The dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the nation’s higher education sector has accelerated new thinking and innovation. This sector is transforming the way it operates and delivers education.
The reality facing the sector is challenging. Australian universities are experiencing funding shortfalls, significant revenue loss from the decline in international enrolments, and are seeking new ways to remain financially sustainable.
This livestream will clarify:
  • the actual and expected impacts of the COVID-19 on the higher education sector;
  • what government funding and support should look like;
  • the strategies and operational models to deliver sustainable higher education; and
  • the new normal for next generation students in the post pandemic era.
 Join policy makers and those working to make Australia’s higher education sector fit for the future.
Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 11.30am
WA: 10.00am


Meet the keynote speaker

The Hon. Dan Tehan MP
Federal Minister for Education

Dan was sworn in as Minister for Education on 28 August 2018. He served as Minister for Social Services from 20 December 2017. Prior to this, he was the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Minister for Defence Personnel, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Cyber Security and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of Anzac. Dan was elected to Federal Parliament in 2010 and has held positions as the Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security; Chair of the Victorian Consultative Panel for the Black Spot Programme; Chair of the Coalition Policy Committee on Economics and Finance; Co-Chair of the Parliamentarians Supporting Cancer Causes; Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Youth Mental Health, and; Chair of the Coalition Friends of Tourism.

Meet the speakers

Professor Attila Brungs
Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Technology Sydney, Chair, Australian Technology Network

Prior to joining UTS in 2009, Attila held senior positions with CSIRO and McKinsey & Company. He is a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from Oxford University and a University Medal in Industrial Chemistry from the University of New South Wales. Attila is also Chair of the Australian Technology Network of Universities, the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council, the Committee for Sydney Board, and is ATSE fellow. 

Prof. Margaret Gardner AC
Chair, Group of Eight Australia, President and Vice-Chancellor, Monash University

Margaret is President and Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, has previously held leadership positions at RMIT, the University of Queensland and Griffith University. Margaret is the Chair of the Group of Eight Universities and was Chair of Universities Australia from 2017-2019. She is a Director of Infrastructure Victoria, the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) and a member of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Inclusion and Diversity Committee. Her previous roles include Chair of the Expert Panel of the Office of Learning and Teaching, Chair of Museum Victoria, Board member of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and ANZAC Centenary Advisory Board.

Catriona Jackson
Chief Executive Officer, Universities Australia

Catriona is a highly experienced advocate for higher education and has extensive experience in the policy making process. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Universities Australia’s Deputy Chief Executive leading the policy team in developing sectoral policy. She was CEO of Science and Technology Australia, press secretary and senior advisor to a federal government cabinet minister, director of government relations and communication at the ANU, and a newspaper and radio journalist. Catriona is an outstanding communicator who is held in strong regard in higher education, politics and the media.

Meet the facilitator

Tim Orton
Managing Director, Nous Group

Tim is the Managing Principal, CEO and founder of Nous Group. He works extensively with Boards and Executives on their critical strategic, policy, organisational design and capability, leadership and governance opportunities and challenges. He is unusual in his keen understanding of strategic imperatives, organisational and process design, and executive performance.

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