Charles Sturt allocated more new Commonwealth Supported Places than any other university

24 OCTOBER 2022

Charles Sturt allocated more new Commonwealth Supported Places than any other university

“Starting next year and continuing in 2024, we will proudly open our doors to these additional students and provide them with the knowledge and skills they and Australia desperately need.”

  • Charles Sturt receives highest allocation of the total pool of 20,000 new Commonwealth Supported Places
  • Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon says 1,084 new places will make “ … higher education accessible for people from regional Australia and from economically disadvantaged groups”

The Australian Government has announced that Charles Sturt University will accept 1,084 additional students with Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – more than any other Australian university.

The Government made the pre-Budget announcement on Monday, allocating the new pool of 20,000 CSP for students who will commence studying in either 2023 or 2024.

Among the new CSPs allocated to Charles Sturt across the two years are 328 Education places (including early childhood) and 204 Nursing places.

All of Charles Sturt’s CSPs will be open to students from rural and remote areas, low-socio economic status (SES) backgrounds, First Nations people, first-in-family students and people with disabilities, with courses that will address the nation’s critical skills shortages prioritised.

Charles Sturt Vice-Chancellor Professor Renée Leon (inset) said the allocation would enhance the University’s already stellar record as a driver of access to education for many people who might otherwise miss out.

“Since it was founded more than 30 years ago, Charles Sturt University has led the way among Australian universities in making higher education accessible for people from regional Australia and from economically disadvantaged groups,” she said.

“The Australian Government’s decision to provide Charles Sturt University with an additional 1084 Commonwealth Supported Places – more than any other Australian university - is an acknowledgement of that leadership.

“Starting next year and continuing in 2024, we will proudly open our doors to these additional students and provide them with the knowledge and skills they and Australia desperately need.”

Minister for Education, the Hon Jason Clare MP and Minister for Skills and Training, the Hon. Brendan O’Connor MP said course areas prioritised with new places reflected Australia’s present critical skills shortages. Charles Sturt’s teaching capabilities and industry partnerships in these fields - education, health, engineering and information technology - are among the best in the Australian university sector.

In 2021 – the last completed academic year - Charles Sturt’s undergraduate student participation rates for low SES, First Nations and regional Australians were amongst the highest in the Australian university sector:

  • 22 per cent of students were from low SES backgrounds
  • 4.3 per cent of domestic students were First Nations Australians. Sector average: 2 per cent
  • 55.7 per cent of students were from regional, rural or remote locations. Sector average: 24 per cent

Last month it was revealed that for the sixth consecutive year Charles Sturt had topped the Good Universities Guide’s undergraduate full-time employment ranking.

Professor Leon said Charles Sturt’s course profile in fields with critical skills shortages, in addition to its record of successfully educating a broad range of students and achieving high graduate employment outcomes, justified the Government’s sector-leading allocation.

Minister Clare described the new CSPs as “life-changing”.

“This means more teachers, nurses and engineers and it means more Australians from poor families and rural and remote Australia doing these jobs,” he said.

A CSP is a place at a university or higher education provider where the government pays part of a student’s fees. This part is a subsidy, not a loan, and students don't have to pay it back.

Media Note:

For more information please contact Charles Sturt Media Manager Dave Neil on 0407 332 718 or at dneil@csu.edu.au

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