Gilmore MP Ann Sudmalis is encouraging community groups and local training providers to apply for a share of the Government’s $16.7 million Regional Study Hubs Program.
The federal government has committed the sum over four financial years from 2018 to 2022.
Mrs Sudmalis said applications were now open for up to eight regional areas to receive funding to establish a regional study hub.
“The opportunity to boost higher education access for local students in some of our more remote areas of the region is just another example of how this Government is improving our education system,” Mrs Sudmalis said.
“I know transport is an issue in Gilmore, so I’m working on initiatives to improve ways people can access a quality education.”
“A local study hub would make it easier for students to study without having to leave the area and I hope our community can band together to apply for this extra support.”
Applicants for funding are expected to demonstrate cash or in-kind contributions from the community and/or government to support the study hubs.
To be eligible for funding, a study hub must have a formal relationship with at least one Australian registered higher education provider.
A study hub is expected to provide infrastructure such as study spaces, video conferencing, computing facilities and internet access as well as pastoral and academic support for students studying via distance at partner universities.
The Department of Education and Training has released an application guide for further instruction on the application process. Applications close at 5pm on July 27.
For more information visit www.education.gov.au/access-and-participation.