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Support for Demand Driven system

Swinburne Online’s submission to the Review of the Demand Driven Funding System this week, calls for the continuation of the demand-driven system and an increased investment by the Commonwealth in sub-bachelor students as pathways to higher education.

In November, the Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced that the Hon Dr David Kemp and Mr Andrew Norton will undertake a review of the demand driven funding system, and report to the Government in February 2014.

Swinburne Online CEO, Denice Pitt says the specialised online education provider has been one of the innovations to come out of the demand driven system.

“Through an entirely online delivery model, Swinburne Online has attracted  enrolments from thousands of Australians who are looking for a high quality education that  offers flexibility access to university programs who are either unable or prefer not to pursue on-campus study,” says Ms Pitt.

“Swinburne Online has made it much easier for students in rural and remote locations, and students with full-time work or family commitments, to access higher education opportunities.”

Now serving more than 5000 students, Swinburne Online offers students a highly engaging learning experience, with support from industry-experienced academic staff and dedicated student support, available seven days a week and outside traditional working hours.

Swinburne Online’s government submission observes:

  • Swinburne Online’s success is a direct result of the move by the Commonwealth Government to a student demand-driven system.
  • The demand driven system has allowed Swinburne University and SEEK to contribute their expertise to create an innovative online education provider which is now responding to strong student demand for online education.
  • Swinburne Online strongly supports the continuation of current student demand-driven arrangements for undergraduate degrees.

Swinburne Online would welcome increased investment by the Commonwealth in sub-bachelor places to support students for whom diploma-level study is more attractive than a full degree program.