14 April 2011: Australian Catholic University (ACU) welcomes the confirmation from Prime Minister Julia Gillard that the cap on publicly funded university places will be lifted in 2012.
In a speech to the Sydney Institute last night, Ms Gillard said the caps would be lifted to stimulate further growth in professional skills and qualifications.
Professor Greg Craven, ACU Vice-Chancellor, said the University had enrolled close to 40 per cent over its government allocation this year.
“This substantial growth in student numbers will position ACU very well for when caps are lifted, and we are working hard to ensure we have the necessary infrastructure and teaching talent in place to support expansion,” he said.
“The University currently has more than 20,000 students and is growing according to a comprehensive Enrollment Plan which will see approximately 25,000 students enrolled in 2016.
“ACU’s growth plans reflect the University’s support of the Commonwealth’s participation and access agenda, implemented in response to the 2008 (Bradley) Review of Higher Education.”