Tag: Australian University

Education Union Press for Gender Affirmation Leave at Tasmanian University

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) and the University of Tasmania (UTAS) are “locked in a battle” after UTAS declined to comply with the union’s request to provide up to 30 days’ leave for transgender staff. The university currently offers 10 days of special leave for their staff irrespective of their gender, however, the NTEU…


Government Should Not Fund Australia Universities to Create More Places: Academic

A distinguished scholar has advised the Australian government against giving the country’s 38 public universities more money to expand the number of places and instead suggested that improving the management of universities’ funding would be a “cost-effective” way to tackle the problem. Salvatore Babones, an Adjunct Scholar at the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS) and…


The Dreadful Toll of Campus Injustice in Australia

Commentary A few years ago, an engaging young overseas-trained doctor arrived in one of Australia’s biggest cities to do post-graduate research. He was a popular and confident student, soon appointed to leadership roles at the university college where he was staying, thrilled to be part of its student community. A photo of him taken a…


All Australian Universities Have Now Adopted Free Speech Code

All Australian universities have now adopted policies to strengthen and protect free speech on campus, two years after the recommendation was made. University chancellors have also agreed to publicly report on how they are upholding academic freedom and freedom of speech on campus on an annual basis from 2021. Federal Education Minister Alan Tudge said…


COVID Could Force Australian Universities Into Bankruptcy If Sector Does Not Evolve: EY Report

Australia’s higher education institutes need to reinvent themselves to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, a consultancy group has declared. The EY consultancy group predicted that by 2030 the Australian university sector would face a $5 billion (US$ 3.656 billion) to $6 billion (US$ 4.278 billion) revenue decline and a 50 percent cut of non-research positions, forcing…


New University Executive Salary Code to Provide Greater Transparency

A voluntary code has been introduced by the University Chancellor’s Council (UCC) with the purpose of increasing the transparency of remuneration received by university senior executives. The Australian Universities Vice-Chancellor and Senior Staff Remuneration Code (pdf) will require senior university staff to report all remuneration to the UCC, including incentives and bonuses. “Our Remuneration Code…


New Australian Cyber Security Laws to Protect Students From Beijing Spying

Chinese students at Australian universities could soon be protected from Beijing spying under new cyber security laws. The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security said university leaders were not doing enough to protect students who fear for their families while under pressure from China. At the hearing on Friday, committee chair Sen. James Paterson…


Beijing Surveillance in Australia Universities Rob Students and Academics of Freedom

Just hours after attending a rally in support of Hong Kong’s freedoms, a student from mainland China studying in Australia received a message from a mainland classmate at 2 a.m. saying: “I’m watching you.” Zhang Xiuyang, a pseudonym used for safety, said she had known the classmate for a long time, was aware of their…


Beijing Surveillance in Australia Universities Rob Students and Academics of Freedom: HRW Report

Just hours after attending a rally in support of Hong Kong’s freedoms, a student from mainland China studying in Australia received a message from a mainland classmate at 2 a.m. saying: “I’m watching you.” Zhang Xiuyang, a pseudonym used for safety, said she had known the classmate for a long time, was aware of their…


Melbourne University’s New Gender Affirmation Policy a ‘Violation of Conscience’: Expert

The University of Melbourne is set to finalise its new “Gender Affirmation Policy,” which will ban speeches, behaviours, or activities suspected of posing “potential harm” to transgender people at the university. The policy, which was introduced some months ago as part of the school’s Diversity and Inclusion policy and is now open for feedbacks, aims to…