NZ students in Australia face huge rise in fees

Outrage among Kiwis over Australian government move

May 9, 2017
New Zealand

Australia’s decision to force students from New Zealand to pay the same fees as other overseas students has set off a chorus of outrage from Kiwis and warnings of damage to relations between the two nations.

The changes were announced by Simon Birmingham, Australia’s education minister, as part of a package of changes to university and student funding designed to save the government money. Those changes include fee rises of 7.5 per cent for Australian students.

In addition, New Zealand students in Australia will no longer receive the government’s commonwealth fee subsidies given to domestic students.

For a New Zealand student enrolled at the University of Melbourne, an arts degree would jump from $6,349 a year to $29,632 and a science degree from $9,050 to $35,824, according to an example cited by the Guardian.

Bill English, New Zealand’s prime minister, has said he was “pretty unhappy” with the changes, saying they fitted into a pattern of “announcements made either without telling us or at short notice”.

Tim Gassin, the chairman of advocacy group Oz Kiwi, called the move “an act of bastardry to New Zealand and New Zealanders”.

john.morgan@timeshighereducation.com

Please login or register to read this article

Register to continue

Get a month's unlimited access to THE content online. Just register and complete your career summary.

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments