Australian Catholic University (ACU) is a regular contributor to public policy development in areas that impact on ACU and the higher education sector more broadly. ACU makes contributions to government at both the federal and state levels, in the areas and jurisdictions in which it operates.

This section provides access to submissions made by ACU on key public policy issues of relevance to the University. These submissions have been prepared by the Office of Government, Policy and Strategy in collaboration with the relevant faculties and functional units across the University.

Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Loan Program Cost Recovery Bills (PDF File, 285KB)

ACU submission to the Senate inquiry into the provisions of the Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2018 and the Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2018.

House of Representatives Inquiry into Funding Australia's Research (PDF File, 88.2 KB)

ACU submission to the House of Representatives inquiry into the efficiency, effectiveness and coherency of Australian Government funding for research.

STEM Partnerships Forum (PDF File, 405.8 KB)

ACU submission to the the STEM Partnerships Forum on Optimising STEM industry-school partnerships.

National Review of Teacher Registration (PDF File, 341.1 KB)

ACU submission to the National Review of Teacher Registration undertaken by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership (AITSL) on behalf of the Australian Government.

Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018 (PDF File, 332.2 KB)

ACU submission to the Senate Inquiry into provisions of the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill 2018.

Business Council of Australia Discussion Paper Future-Proof: Protecting Australians through Education and Skills (PDF File, 479.0 KB)

ACU submission to the consultation on the Business Council of Australia Discussion Paper Future-Proof: Protecting Australians through Education and Skills.

ACT Discussion Paper  PDF, 235.85 KB

ACU submission to the the ACT government’s discussion paper on the teaching workforce, which is an aspect of "The future of education: an ACT community conversation".

Higher Education Standards Panel Discussion Paper Improving Retention, Completion and Success in Higher Education  (PDF File, 170.9 KB)

ACU submission in response to the Higher Education Standards Panel Discussion Paper Improving Retention, Completion and Success in Higher Education.

COAG review of accreditation for health professions (PDF File, 120.0 KB)

ACU submission to the COAG Health Council discussion paper, Independent Review of Accreditation Systems with the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health professions.

Federal Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief (PDF File, 451.1 KB)

ACU submission to The Human Rights Sub-Committee, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Inquiry into the status of the human right to freedom of religion or belief.

ACU Submission to Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Reform Bill 2017 (PDF File, 238.2 KB)

ACU submission to the Senate inquiry into the Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017.

Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education (PDF File, 61.2 KB)

ACU feedback in response to the Discussion Paper of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education.

Senate inquiry into the Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017 and 10 related bills (PDF File, 41.2 KB)

ACU submission to the Senate inquiry into the Medicare Levy Amendment (National Disability Insurance Scheme Funding) Bill 2017 and 10 related bills.

Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (PDF File, 248.2 KB)

ACU submission to the Federal Government's Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools (Gonski 2.0 review).

Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools (PDF File, 129.6 KB)

ACU submission to the Inquiry into career advice activities in Victorian schools undertaken by the Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee of the Victorian Parliament.

Victorian inquiry into teacher education (PDF, 262kB)

ACU submission to the Victorian Government Discussion Paper: Working Together to Shape Teacher Education in Victoria.

Senate Inquiry into the VET Student Loans Bills 2016 (PDF, 2.3MB)

ACU Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the VET Student Loans Bill 2016, the VET Student Loans (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Bill 2016, and the VET Student Loans (Charges) Bill 2016.

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) Evaluation (PDF, 167kB)

ACU Submission to the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) Evaluation.

Australian Government consultation: Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education (PDF, 189kB)

ACU submission on the Government's options paper, Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education.

Australian Research Council consultation on engagement and impact assessment (PDF, 171kB)

ACU submission to the Australian Research Council on how to assess research impact and engagement.

Higher Education Standards Panel Consultation on the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes (PDF, 146kB)

ACU submission to the Higher Education Standards Panel on how to improve the transparency of higher education admissions processes.

Australian Government Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy (PDF, 270kB)

ACU submission to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment Inquiry into innovation and creativity: workforce for the new economy.

Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015 (PDF, 204kB)

ACU Submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education Support Amendment (VET FEE-HELP Reform) Bill 2015

Australian Government review of research funding and policy (PDF, 729kB)

ACU submission to the Federal Government's Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements, chaired by Dr Ian Watt AO.

Victorian Parliament's Legal & Social Issues Committee Inquiry into End of Life Choices (PDF, 52kB)

ACU submission to the Victorian Parliament's Inquiry into End of Life Choices, supporting the submission made by the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne.

Australian Government Consultation on the Draft National Strategy for International Education (PDF, 72kB)

ACU feedback to the Australian Government consultation on the Draft National Strategy for International Education.

Senate Inquiry into Private Vocational Education and Training Providers (PDF, 2.2MB)

ACU submission to the 2015 Senate Inquiry into the operation, regulation and funding of private vocational education and training (VET) providers in Australia.

Senate Inquiry into the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 (PDF, 735kB)

ACU submission to the Senate Inquiry into the principles of the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014, and related matters.

Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014 (PDF, 195kB)

ACU submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Bill 2014.

Australian Government Consultation on a New Learning and Teaching Institute (PDF, 137kB)

ACU submission to the Australian Government’s consultation on a New Learning and Teaching Institute.

Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 (PDF, 149kB)

ACU submission and supplementary note to the Senate Inquiry into the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014.

Australian Government consultation paper Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research (PDF, 103kB)

ACU response to the Australian Government’s consultation paper Boosting the Commercial Returns from Research.

Senate Inquiry into Health (PDF, 133kB)

ACU submission to the Senate Inquiry into Health.

Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Innovation System (PDF, 108kB)

ACU submission to the Senate Inquiry into Australia’s Innovation System.

Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) Issues Paper (PDF, 163kB)

ACU Faculty of Education and Arts submission to the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group Issues Paper.

Review of the Demand Driven Funding System (PDF, 417kB)

ACU submission to the Review of the Demand Driven Funding System.

NSW Government Discussion Paper Great Teaching, Inspired Learning (PDF, 725kB)

ACU submission in response to the New South Wales (NSW) Government’s discussion paper Great Teaching, Inspired Learning.

QCEC Discussion Paper Pre‐service Teacher Education Entry Requirements (PDF, 179kB)

ACU submission in response to the Queensland Catholic Education Commission (QCEC) discussion paper Pre‐service Teacher Education Entry Requirements (2012).

Victorian Government Discussion Paper New Directions for School Leadership and the Teaching Profession (PDF, 679kB)

ACU submission in response to the Victorian Government’s discussion paper New Directions for School Leadership and the Teaching Profession.

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