University Pathway Fund

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A Shorten Labor Government will invest an extra $193 million to help ensure all Australians get the chance to study at university.

Labor’s $193 million commitment will go towards mentoring, support and other specialised programs designed to boost opportunities for university study in communities where graduation rates are low.

Labor believes it should be your ability, not your bank balance that determines whether you get the chance to study at university.

Currently, a young person from Moreton Bay in Queensland is about five times less likely to get a university degree than someone on Sydney’s North Shore. Labor wants to change that.

We want to support students who are the first generation in their family to go to university. We want our universities to attract more students from our outer suburbs and the country, more Indigenous students, and more students with disability.

Universities must be actively recruiting and supporting these students.

Our funding will also encourage universities to collaborate with TAFEs and not-for-profit and community organisations, in areas including mentoring and outreach.

We will pay for the fund by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.