A smarter Australia: an agenda for Australian higher education 2013-2016


To herald a new era in Australian higher education, Universities Australia, the
peak body for 39 Australian universities, has developed A Smarter Australia:
An agenda for higher education 2013–2016. In this statement we outline the
reforms required to underpin the nation’s higher education system over the
next four years, with a view to longer-term changes.
A Smarter Australia responds to four trends that are driving change in
Australian higher education: the emergence of the digital economy and new
technology; increasing globalisation and the possibilities of the Asian century;
economic and industrial restructuring as the nation responds to the resources
boom; and the need to improve productivity with universities central to the
national innovation effort. This statement sets out principles and actions for
responding to these drivers under four themes.