Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020
The submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee’s (Committee) Inquiry in relation to the Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 (Job-Ready Bill) was prepared by the Law Council of Australia.
The Law Council is grateful for input received from the Queensland Law Society and Law Society of Tasmania, as well as assistance from its Access to Justice Committee in the preparation of this submission.
The Law Council acknowledges that the unprecedented crisis of COVID-19 has highlighted vulnerabilities across all sectors of Australia’s economy with the higher education system particularly affected. It is therefore timely for the Australian Government to be revisiting the structures and supports within the Australian higher education system with the view to ensuring that it keeps pace with the changing needs of the economy and produces graduates with the skills society requires.
However, the Law Council is concerned by the very limited timeframe provided to the Committee (and therefore, stakeholders) to consider the Job-Ready Bill. While it is acknowledged that the Department of Education, Skills and Employment conducted an earlier consultation in relation to an exposure draft of the proposed measures, the limited timeframe afforded to the Committee to scrutinise the Job-Ready Bill in its current form is, in the view of the Law Council, inadequate.
You can read the full submission below.