Instead, since the Budget the Turnbull government has told voters it would consult with the higher education sector and wait until late 2016 or early 2017 to announce its reforms. It plans to make its higher education changes in 2018.
Partial deregulation is where universities would be able to set their own fees for a few courses but lose out on public funding.
For example, say a university chose to deregulate a three-year Arts degree and charge $40,000, as the dollar amount of the degree goes up, the dollar amount the government contributes to that university would go down.
The deregulated degrees would be called “Flagship Courses” and would start in 2018. So it’s bad news for anyone who wants to start uni in two years. To make sure fees don’t blow out to $100,000, the sector would be monitored by a group like the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Education minister Birmingham has previously told BuzzFeed News the government was considering partial deregulation, where universities can charge more for some degrees.
“There is a mature and constructive conversation to be had about reforming higher education to ensure that it is fundamentally fair and sustainable and encourages innovation, differentiation and collaboration,” Birmingham said.