THE HON JASON CLARE MP
MINISTER FOR EDUCATION
LIBBY COKER MP
MEMBER FOR CORANGAMITE
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
19 April 2023
CORANGAMITE STUDENTS TO BENEFIT FROM ADDITIONAL UNI PLACES
Local federal member Libby Coker MP has welcomed the more than 650 additional university places at Deakin University, as part of the Albanese Government’s commitment to deliver an extra 20,000 university places across the country.
The additional university places are for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, from rural and remote Australia, people with disability and Indigenous Australians.
Minister for Education, Jason Clare MP and Ms Coker will today visit Deakin University’s Waurn Ponds Campus in Geelong to see the world-class facilities that some of these students will benefit from during their studies.
The places are being used for sub-bachelor and bachelor courses to skill-up Australians and provide more opportunities for students to study in areas of need, including nursing, teaching, engineering and technology.
The 652 additional places provided to Deakin University over the next two years include:
- 93 in education
- 149 in nursing
- 81 in IT
- 23 in health professions
- 26 in engineering
Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare:
“All Australians, no matter their background, deserve the opportunity to pursue a world-class higher education.
“It is great to see the additional uni places we promised starting to make a real difference to students, with up to 300 commencing at Deakin University this year.
“These additional university places form part of our plan to address skills shortages and get more students into university.”
Quotes attributable to Libby Coker MP:
“It’s fantastic to welcome the Minister for Education Jason Clare to Waurn Ponds today to see how the Albanese Government’s additional university places are already benefitting local students.
“The education facilities in our region are some of the best across the nation. I strongly encourage young people on the Surf Coast, the Bellarine, Golden Plains and throughout Geelong to study locally. It makes sense time-wise, and financially.”