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Australia's HECS Policy: Fewer Social, but more Political Barriers

Australian National University. Regulatory Institutions Network; Braithwaite, Valerie; Ahmed, Eliza

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This paper is one of a series that has empirically tested the proposition that whilst the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) was implemented with the intention of improving access to university education for all Australians, it has had unexpected and unwanted consequences for governance more generally, particularly of the tax system. We use data from the “Graduates’ Hopes, Visions and Actions Survey” based on a sample of 447 Australian graduates who recently completed their tertiary...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorAustralian National University. Regulatory Institutions Network
dc.contributor.authorBraithwaite, Valerie
dc.contributor.authorAhmed, Eliza
dc.coverage.spatialAustralia
dc.date.accessioned2019-02-13T01:00:21Z
dc.date.available2019-02-13T01:00:21Z
dc.date.createdNov-06
dc.identifier.citationBraithwaite, Valerie, 2006, No 8 - Australia’s HECS policy: Fewer social, but more political barriers, Regulatory Institutions Network, Canberra
dc.identifier.isbn978-0-9803302-0-5 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/155678
dc.description.abstractThis paper is one of a series that has empirically tested the proposition that whilst the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) was implemented with the intention of improving access to university education for all Australians, it has had unexpected and unwanted consequences for governance more generally, particularly of the tax system. We use data from the “Graduates’ Hopes, Visions and Actions Survey” based on a sample of 447 Australian graduates who recently completed their tertiary education. Findings suggest that while HECS policy appears to have met its objective of enabling less privileged groups to obtain a university degree, it has also given rise to resistance to the policy, to paying back the loan and tax evasion. This research demonstrates the dangers of implementing higher education policy in a way that dissociates the economic aspects of policy from the social and community attitudes in which it is inevitably embedded.
dc.format.extent36 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherThe Australian National University, Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet)
dc.relation.ispartofseriesOccasional Paper (Regulatory Institutions Network); No. 8
dc.rightsRegulatory Institutions Network, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.titleAustralia's HECS Policy: Fewer Social, but more Political Barriers
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.rights.ispublishedyes
local.publisher.urlhttp://regnet.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationRegulatory Institutions Network
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access
dc.provenancePermission received from RegNet to deposit their publications in to Open Research (ERMS2457502)
dc.rights.licenseThis is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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