Student Equity in Australian Higher Education

Twenty-five years of A Fair Chance for All

  • Andrew Harvey
  • Catherine Burnheim
  • Matthew Brett

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Part I

  3. Part II

About this book


This book examines twenty-five years of the Australian framework for student equity in higher education, A Fair Chance for All. Divided into two sections, the book reflects on the legacy of equity policy in higher education, the effectiveness of current approaches, and the likely challenges facing future policymakers. The first section explores the creation of the framework, including the major elements of the policy, the political context of its development, and how it compares with international models developed during the same period. The performance of the six student equity groups identified within the framework is also examined. The second section of the book considers future trends and challenges. The Australian university sector has undergone seismic change in the past twenty-five years and faces further changes of equal magnitude. The twenty-fifth anniversary of A Fair Chance for All comes as Australian higher education is poised for another wave of transformation, with rising expansion, competition, and stratification. While the emerging landscape is new, the questions have changed little since A Fair Chance for All was first conceived: How should we define student equity, and what policies are likely to promote it?  


A Fair Chance for All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Australian Higher Education Dawkins reforms Deregulation of higher education Education in Australia Educational inequality Equity categories Framework for student equity Higher Education Contribution Scheme Indigenous Australians Low socio-economic status Low socioeconomic students Regional and remote areas students Regional equity Student Equity Student equity in higher education Students from non-English speaking backgrounds Students with disabilities Women in non-traditional areas

Editors and affiliations

  • Andrew Harvey
    • 1
  • Catherine Burnheim
    • 2
  • Matthew Brett
    • 3
  1. 1.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.La Trobe UniversityMelbourneAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Singapore 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-0313-4
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-0315-8
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