COPHE works with its members, government agencies and other organisations to promote sound policy for higher education, as well as raising awareness of the contribution made by the private sector.

COPHE news and submissions regarding higher education policy issues.

Media Release: Navitas joins COPHE

3 December 2018: Navitas, one of the world’s leading education providers, has joined the membership of the Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE).DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Media Coverage: Campus Review October 2018

Alan Manly, founder and CEO of Group Colleges Australia, has penned a piece in October’s edition of Campus Review, explaining that the levels of student satisfaction are higher at independent providers than in government or publicly owned providers.

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Submission on Higher Education Support Amendment (Cost Recovery) Bill 2018 and Higher Education Support (Charges) Bill 2018

Read COPHE’s submission to the Senate’s Employment and Education Legislation Committee.

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Media Coverage: The Australian & Campus Morning Mail

Click below to read articles published by The Australian and Campus Morning Mail regarding Torrens University chief joining the COPHE board.

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Media Release: COPHE welcomes Torrens University Australia's Vice Chancellor to its Board

18 September 2018: The Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) has appointed Professor Justin Beilby, Vice Chancellor of Torrens University, to its Board

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COPHE Letter to new Minister for Education

Please read the letter COPHE sent to Minister Tehan congratulating him on his appointment as the Australian Minister for Education.  COPHE used the opportunity to highlight two key issues for independent higher education providers.

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Submission to Senate Select Committee on Red Tape Aug 2018

COPHE welcomed the opportunity to respond to the The Senate, Red Tape Committee’s enquiry into the effect of red tape on private education. For many of our members, red tape and a high regulatory burden has become the new reality of operating in higher education in Australia.

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Statement from the CEO - Partial Abolition of the FEE-HELP Loan Fee

The Council of Private Higher Education (COPHE) welcomes the partial abolition of the HELP scheme Loan Fee for students enrolled with Australia’s high quality independent universities…READ MORE »

Minister Birmingham's Speech to COPHE AGM

“COPHE membership is, quite rightly, a badge of quality. New membership admissions, processes that you’ve applied ensure a very high entry bar…”READ MORE »

Submission to proposed changes to the publication of TEQSA’s decisions

The COPHE submission outlines the disproportionate impacts of the proposed publication changes on private providers and the shortcomings of the proposal in the protection of students.

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HES Amendment re:Transparent Higher Education System Bill 2017

COPHE Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry: Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Media Release: Australian Independent Higher Education Providers and QILT

Australian Independent Higher Education Providers Ranked Highly in Student Quality Rankings.  The 2017 QILT results demonstrate the high quality of Australia’s independent higher education providers.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

COPHE submission re:Draft Admissions Transparency Implementation Plan

COPHE endorses the Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group’s (IWG) process but at this stage, as a peak representative body for private providers, cannot endorse the Plan itself.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Response to Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program Evaluation

Private providers should be given access to HEPPP funding because they cater for almost as many SES students as NUHEPs. Students, especially those who need encouragement, should be free to choose the course that will best meet their needs and aspirations, public or private, and still receive HEPP funding and Commonwealth Supported Places.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Submission on proposed changes to the National Code of Practice for International Education Providers

COPHE made this submission to the Department of Education and Training on proposed changes to the National Code of Practice for Providers of Education and Training to Overseas Students 2007.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Response to Minister Birmingham's HE Discussion Paper July 2016

In response to ‘Driving Innovation, Fairness and Excellence in Australian Higher Education’, COPHE agrees that “a strong higher education system benefits everyone” (P2 ) but to do this, it must meet the needs of all its students, including those in the private sector.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Response to the Human Services: Identifying Sectors for Reform Productivity Commission Issues Paper June 2016

COPHE welcomes the opportunity to participate in this inquiry as there are constraints on competition arising from inconsistencies in public policy in the higher education sector that have been identified but not yet addressed.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Submission to the Consultation on the Transparency of Higher Education Admissions Processes May 2016

COPHE endorses all of the Principles set out in the Discussion Paper with the exception of the proposal (at Principle 7) that a single online platform be created to provide a guide to admissions policies. This may impede other, possibly more elegant ways, of providing admissions transparency.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

COPHE Response to the Draft National Code May 2016

COPHE broadly supported the changes, clarifications and simplifications, with one main exception. It also noted progress on the IEAA DET on the agent project to develop a Code of Ethics and a national accreditation and registration scheme for education agents.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Submission to ESOS Amendment Bill 2015

Points submitted in August via set template re:proposed Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 and Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Submission re international students Bills Oct 2015

Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee Inquiry into the Education Services for Overseas Students Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015 and the Education Services for Overseas Students (Registration Charges) Amendment (Streamlining Regulation) Bill 2015.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Submission to the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements for Higher Education - September 2015

Submission to the Review of Research Policy and Funding Arrangements for Higher Education – September 2015DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties – 31 July 2015

COPHE Submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties – 31 July 2015.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Submission to Review of TPS Governance and Administration June 2015

COPHE Response to the Review of the Governance and Administration of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) – 23 June 2015.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

COPHE Response to the Draft National Strategy for International Education May 2015

We welcome the publication of the draft National Strategy. While we are pleased the Government has accepted all the Chaney recommendations, it is imperative these are implemented immediately.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Senate Education and Employment References Committee Feb 2015

COPHE urges Senators to approve the legislation recognising the need for a sustainable system and one that addresses equity in the treatment of students. It will also improve choice and diversity within the higher education sector for all students.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »

Senate Education and Employment Committee Feb 2015

COPHE appreciated the opportunity to provide evidence to the Senate Education and Employment Committee Inquiry. COPHE’s submission supported the original Bill in its entirety except for Schedule 3 relating to the interest rate on loans where we, along with everyone in the sector, proposed retention of the Consumer Price Index.DOWNLOAD PDF NOW »