The Australian National University (ANU) has welcomed the Federal Government's announcement that it accepts all 11 recommendations of the Independent Review into Regional, Rural and Remote Education.
This week, ANU announced it would make significant changes to its domestic student admissions policy to ensure students from every high school in Australia have an opportunity to come to the national university, if they have the will and capacity to succeed.
ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Brian Schmidt said the recommendations of the Independent Review align with the University's commitment to encouraging regional and remote students to study at the national university.
"We agree with the Government that a post code shouldn't determine your potential," Professor Schmidt said.
"ANU understands life pans out differently for each student, and the opportunity to receive a world-class education should be available to all students around Australia with the academic capacity and personal drive required to succeed."
"We are leading the way for Australian universities by providing pathways to tertiary education, where there is affordable accommodation for students who have moved away from home."
As the review identified, accommodation can be one of the biggest impediments to regional and rural students attending university.
"For more than a decade, we have guaranteed accommodation to regional and rural students attending ANU. We are currently averaging 400 additional new accommodation spaces each year and expect 800 new spaces to be available for the start of 2019 with the completion of our Kambri re-development."
The new admissions model will make it easier for students to apply for accommodation, admission into a course and available scholarships, through the one-stop-shop portal that reduces confusion and administration and increases transparency for new students. This will be available to students from March 2019 for students applying for admission in 2020.
ANU will work with the Government to provide advice on, and help implement, the recommendations of the review.