Deputy PM visits Melbourne campus

Thursday, 18 December 2008

18 December 2008: Australia's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, the Honourable Julia Gillard MP, visited Australian Catholic University's (ACU National) Melbourne Campus yesterday following the release of the Bradley review of higher education.

Gillard Craven

Deputy Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, visited Australian Catholic University's

Melbourne Campus to meet with Vice-Chancellor Greg Craven in the wake of the Bradley review. Photo: Mark Munro


The Minister was given a short tour of the University to view how some of its $5.9 million share of the Better Universities Renewal Fund, announced earlier this year, was being spent. Works will be undertaken at all six of the university’s campuses.

She also congratulated the University on its submission to the Bradley review – which strongly reflected the final report in its view that higher education is about social equity and opportunity for all.

ACU National Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven, welcomed the release of the review, saying it had the best intentions at heart for future students.

 “Encouragingly, Professor Bradley's report seeks to increase the number of disadvantaged students enrolling in undergraduate degrees to 20 per cent by 2020,” he said.

“We strongly believe that university is something every qualified Australian should have the chance to experience, and we look forward to hearing the Government’s response early next year.”

Australian Catholic University (ACU National) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives. Visit