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Council of Private Higher Education

Equity | Choice | Diversity
  • Bond University students studying a brain scan
  • Excelsia College
  • Adelaide Central School of Art BVA Hons student Grace Marlow photo by James Field
  • UOW College Students
  • John Paul II Institute graduation
  • BMIHMS Students
  • Christian Heritage College graduate
  • ICMS students
  • Avondale College Graduation
  • Moore College Tutorial
  • Alphacrucis College Celebrates
  • In class at the Governance Institute
  • Tabor College Australia
  • Campion College students on campus
  • Field work at Marcus Oldham College
  • Morling College Graduates
COPHE Comments

As the peak body providing a united voice for quality private higher education providers, COPHE is keen for members’ contributions. Please contact our office with your comments, statistics and impact stories. 

COPHE staff are currently seeking input on this submission:

-  Independent review into regional, rural and remote education  – Country students  at both schooling and higher education level are the focus of this independent review into regional, rural and remote education. The review considers the key challenges and barriers that impact on students’ learning and career outcomes. A series of community forums are being held across the country. Led by Emeritus Professor John Halsey of Flinders University, the final report and recommendations will be provided to the Government by the end of 2017.

For details and the discussion paper visit:

CEO's Message - Introducing COPHE

The Council of Private Higher Education is a peak body for Australia’s quality private higher education providers. 

Our members are a key part of Australia’s higher education system – a system respected worldwide for its educational and research outcomes.

With a focus on equity, diversity and choice, COPHE members provide Australian and international students with educational opportunities through courses that reflect student demand and career choices.  Our members provide higher education opportunities in fields including music, design, photography, theology, hospitality, agriculture, taxation, auditing and business administration.

With a diverse membership from small niche providers to larger universities, and with members in all Australian states, COPHE’s strong national advocacy is informed by sector-wide experience.  Our members are active in key academic, regulatory and administrative policy forums and advocate policy change directly with parliamentarians and decision makers.

COPHE supports its members and their students by working closely with the Australian higher education regulator TEQSA.  Students enrolled at COPHE member institutions know that their institution is registered with TEQSA and provides accredited courses.

Our member services include regulatory advice, tuition insurance, international policy advice, benchmarking and library services.  These services enable our members to strive for excellence and provide students with a quality education experience.

COPHE’s membership application process, which requires demonstration of commitment to quality, regulatory compliance and ongoing viability, ensures that COPHE members are respected and highly regarded providers in the Australian higher education sector.

With a growing number of students from a diverse range of backgrounds, the non-publicly funded university segment is critical to the success and standing of Australian higher education.  COPHE members are committed to growing the success and reputation of Australian education.

- Simon Finn, CEO.

  • Gabi Cirocco Adelaide Central School of Arts

    Gabrielle Cirocco was awarded the June S. Tanner Memorial Scholarship after graduating from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2015. “I chose to study at Adelaide Central School of Art so I could learn from artists whose work I saw exhibited in major galleries. I wanted to tap into their knowledge, experience and connection to the industry. Throughout my degree I was constantly challenged and supported by staff, students and lecturers. It was a deeply rewarding experience.” - Gabrielle.


  • 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).

  • Tim C Academy of Design

    “I knew if I wanted to get ahead in this industry, 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.

  • 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 Graduate

    “Having 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. He started his academic career with a university entrance course at UOW College, which provides pathways programs into the University of Wollongong. 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, studied at S P Jain School of Global Management, in Singapore and now in Sydney. 

  • Excelsia grad Jessica Gray

    Excelsia College has challenged me to work hard to find and grow my vocation and then think hard about how it could be applied to and used in the world. The highly qualified lecturers care deeply, supporting us every step of the way.” Jessica Gray, Bachelor of Dramatic Art graduate, now studying teaching (postgraduate) at Excelsia.

  • Teale Blessington ACPE_for web

    Teale Blessington, Bachelor of Sports Business student at the Australian College of Physical Education, Sydney: “I started studying marketing at TAFE, then uni, but moved to ACPE to incorporate my passion for sports. I aspire to one day contribute to female sports. With work experience and networking occasions … ACPE helps its students step straight out into desired careers. I have never felt like a number here.”

  • Emily E - Academy of Design Australia

    Emily Elsworth, final year student in Bachelor of Design Arts at the Academy of Design Australia, Melbourne: “I was attracted by the flexibility to study both advertising and graphic design in an interactive, intensive learning environment. Our lecturers are always engaged with the industry in which they are teaching. ... I actually got an ATAR of 95 so had lots of choices, but I came here, because I knew it was the best that I can possibly get.”

  • Katrina A - Endeavour College of Natural Health

    Katrina Arch, Bachelor of Complementary Medicine student, Endeavour College of Natural Health, Brisbane. “I have a degree in stage management from 20 years ago but now I have a passion for health and healing. I love it here - all we do at Endeavour is natural health so I know it’s top quality, but it’s also flexible. With this degree, if I choose not to be a practitioner, I can still be the practitioner's boss. I’m studying online so I work, raise my family, study –  here I can have it all."

  • Tiani; CHC Graduate

    Teaching involves a great responsibility so I appreciated the supportive environment at Christian Heritage College where you journey with your peers towards your professional and personal goals, consider all the integral dynamics of teaching, whilst being shaped into the best teacher you can be.” Tiani Stirling, primary teacher at John Paul College; graduate Bachelor of Education (Primary) degree, which includes practicums and internship in a variety of school settings.

  • EIT Chris de Lange

    Settling in a new nation with his family, electro-mechanical technician Chris de Lange realised the Engineering Institute of Technology (EIT) was just what he needed to fast-track his career while still working full-time. “Webcasts with a living, interested lecturer to ask questions and other students to interact with – perfect,” he said. Having completed an Advanced Diploma of Mechanical Engineering, he is now completing an Advanced Diploma In Applied Electrical Engineering.

  • Bek CHC Graduate

    Bek Strachan founded her own business, RAW Training, a High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) group fitness program, after she completed a Bachelor of Business at Christian Heritage College. She said the strategic, financial and organisational knowledge she gained in her degree helped her to establish a business which aligned with her personal values and interests. “This knowledge and the support of my lecturers allowed me to start my business with a solid foundation.” – Bek.

  • Lucy Turnbull Adelaide Central School of Art

    Lucy Turnbull graduated from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2010. A former Drawing Lecturer of the School, Lucy is now studying her Master of Fine Arts at the New York Studio School. “I visited Adelaide Central School of Art as a high school student and instantly knew it was where I wanted to be. The teaching staff and community have had a long lasting effect on my life and career. They are my people, my mates, my network and my role models.” Lucy.


  • AIM alumni performing at Adele ConcertIt’s not all glamour and fun, but for me, it’s definitely worth it in the end! Focus, Believe, Achieve.” - Jake Tyler, Bachelor of Music, majoring in Musical Theatre at The Australian Institute of Music. Since graduation, he’s been developing his own work and accepting performance opportunities as they arise, from small gigs all the way to being one of the six AIM alumni chosen to sing with Adele as part of the ‘Bond Choir’, before audiences of 96,000.

  • Bond College student Jordan COnce I finished high school, I was sort of annoyed at myself, because my ATAR wasn’t enough and nowhere near my best. Bond’s pathway program made it possible for me to do my chosen degree – a Bachelor of Business at Bond University.” - Jordan Cousins, graduated in 2015 and is now working for Google in Sydney, after being headhunted via his LinkedIn profile. Bond University College, located at the university campus, offers a variety of bridging courses as well as access to all the university’s facilities and resources.


Equity For All Students

The Government’s HE reforms proposed in 2014 would have delivered equal treatment for all students giving them the freedom to choose the course and institution which best meets their needs. Already about one in ten Australian higher education students are choosing to study at private institutions. All private HE institutions are regulated by TEQSA, as are all universities.

25% FEE-HELP Loan Fee Unfair

COPHE continues to call- for a single, coherent loan scheme so all HE undergraduates would be treated equally, paying the same loan fees, if any applied. Currently there is a 25% loan fee on FEE-HELP but no loan fee at all on HECS which only applies to public university students. 

Support For Student Choice

Expanding student choice drives innovation and diversity as well as allowing students the best outcomes  to suit their individual needs. Support of pathway courses is critical to boost the experience and results for students who for various reasons, need additional assistance to prepare them for second year studies at university level. 

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 HE reform package visit: