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Council of Private Higher Education


Welcome to the Council of

Private Higher Education


COPHE provides a voice for private higher education institutions calling for equitable higher education policy for all students.

Our members cater for students studying from diploma to doctorate level at more than 60 campuses around Australia.  

  • Bond University_Indigenous Graduates Sept 2013

    Celebrating their success: some of the over 40 indigenous students studying at Bond University

    "Changes in that one person’s lifestyle can become generational.” Nathias Warkill, Bond University Accor Indigenous Scholar.

  • Education is opening doors to help build a new nation. Helena de Jesus from East Timor has graduated from her Liberal Arts degree at Campion College, Toongabbie.

    ‘‘I want to return to work in education or health…The community here is great, everyone is friendly and helpful.’’ – Miss de Jesus.

  • Clayton Smith

    "Being qualified as both a conventional and complementary health practitioner has broadened my perspective…This is about looking deeper to ensure my patients receive holistic care, which will better improve their quality of life.” - Dr Clayton Smith, qualified Sydney psychiatrist and also naturopathy graduate of Australian College of Natural Medicine (now Endeavour College of Natural Health).

  • Mandy Posetti_BMIHMS

    “I searched for a college with a strong reputation and my parents needed to know they were making a sound investment. BMIHMS ticked all the boxes.”- Mandy Posetti, Training and Recruitment Manager at 4 Points by Sheraton, graduated in 2007 from the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School ; the Number 1 Hotel School in Australia and Asia Pacific (TNS Survey 2013)

  • Tim C Academy of Design

    “I knew if I wanted to get ahead in this industry, I knew I needed to learn fast. I am now going head-to-head with senior designers for studio jobs in some of the most well-known studios in Australia and thanks to the Academy, I have the skills I need to succeed." Tim Cruickshank, now UX Architect at web agency Deepend, graduate Bachelor of Design Arts, graphic and digital design majorAcademy of Design Australia.

  • Le M_TOP Student

    Newly arrived from China, Le Ma chose a Top Education Institute pathway program to help her prepare for her Bachelor of Commerce in Professional Accounting degree at Macquarie University. She has won several awards, completed her Master of Financial Analysis from the UNSW in 2010 and is now lecturing and working on her PhD.

  • Campion_Dominique

    Dominique already had a nursing degree place near her home in Hobart, but she visited the Campion Summer Program in Sydney and completely changed her choice. “I met some awesome people and really enjoyed it. Now here I am enjoying every minute. Campion College not only has a great degree to prepare you for anything life throws at you, but the people and the environment are amazing!”

  • Felisha academy of design
     studied at larger institutes, one of the things that set the Academy apart was the small, family-like class environments where we were driven by creative like-minded people to do our very best. Our tutors provided the resources and the edge to build strong folios, making the job-hunting process a breeze! I was able to land an internship at Ogilvy.” Felisha Mina - Bachelor of Design Arts at the Academy of Design Australia.

  • Dr James Goudkamp of Oxford   
    “Aim high - there is no significant downside.” Dr James Goudkamp, now Associate Professor in the Oxford Law Faculty, UK, who started his academic career with a university entrance course at the University of Wollongong College.The course was wonderful preparation for the study of law at university and in some ways gave me a significant edge over students who came by the high school route,” he said.

  • Kezia Hephzibah Pasaribu, 
     “When I was a kid, I loved selling random things to my schoolmates, so my family encouraged me to do a Bachelor of Business. The students in my batch represented 13 different nationalities – this helped me develop my skills and world culture knowledge in a completely practical way.” Kezia Hephzibah Pasaribu, from Indonesia, studying at S P Jain School of Global Management, in Singapore and now in Sydney.


Huge Boost to Equity

The Government’s HE reforms in the 2015-16 Budget delivers equality in treatment for students giving them the freedom to choose the course and institution which best meets their needs. Already almost one in ten Australian higher education (HE) students are choosing to study at private institutions. All are regulated by TEQSA, as are universities.

25% FEE-HELP Loan Fee Set to End

The Government's proposed reforms have addressed COPHE calls for a single, coherent loan scheme for all students.

Support For Student Choice

From 2016, the Government student subsidy will follow the student to any TEQSA-accredited HE institution of their choice, once this reform is passed. The deregulation of fees will encourage a system where outcomes for students are the key driver.

Open the Door to University Colleges

Australia needs to allow the teaching-focused HE options successfully driving efficiency and building capacity in other nations. The Government has opened discussion on expanding HE provider types through the work of the Higher Education Standards Panel.

For more details on the Budget measures visit