New fees prompt review of campus

Murdoch Uni Rockingham
Murdoch Uni Rockingham

The university sector has been subjected to reductions in federal funding during the past two years and in its recent budget, the Federal Government announced a deregulation of tertiary fees, which would affect students accepting an offer after May 14.

Students at Murdoch University starting a bachelor degree in second semester will not be affected by the new fee measures.

Murdoch University provost Ann Capling said the ‘significant reductions’ and changes ensured a reassessment was needed.

‘Like all universities, Murdoch University is now in a position where it needs to undertake extensive analysis to understand the implications of the changes and how it will affect our operations,’ she said.

‘This analysis will include a review of the future sustainability of our satellite campuses, including Rockingham.’

Professor Capling said ‘the majority’ of Murdoch’s students from Rockingham and surrounding areas were based at its South Street campus.

‘Murdoch’s number one priority is to ensure that our current and future students continue to receive an excellent learning, teaching and student experience,’ she said.

‘This will remain our focus when we review our operations over the coming months.’

Professor Capling said Murdoch remained committed to its Murdoch Aspirations and Pathways For University program, which built relationships with high schools in Rockingham, Kwinana and Mandurah areas.