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To: Minister for Education, Dan Tehan
Stop the Fee Hikes on Social and Community Services Degrees!
The Federal Government announced that ALL associated degrees for Social and community services workers are now protected by the Professional Pathway and will be exempt from government fee increases.
Earlier this year the Federal government proposed DOUBLING university fees for community services degrees (e.g. Social Work, Human Services, Mental Health, Social Sciences, Youth Work, Community Welfare, Social Welfare, and Counselling).
ASU members and supporters fought hard and led the campaign to stop these fee hikes which would have created further workforce shortages that already exist in this critical sector as well as creating barriers for both entry and career advancement which would disproportionately impact women who work in this sector.
In a HUGE WIN the Federal Government listened to your voices and backed down on the proposed fee hikes for Social Work, committing to creating instead the Professional Pathway to Social work.
But we didn’t stop there. We kept fighting to keep the government to account to ensure all relevant degrees would be exempt from these crippling fee increases.
Today the Federal government announced that they would include all relevant social and community services degrees as a part of the Professional Pathway.
This means people who support our communities across the sector will not be forced to pay more for their degrees or spend longer paying them off.
This is a fantastic win– this would not have happened without you coming together and campaigning for this change.
If you work in social and community services and aren’t yet a union member – now is the time to join! Go to: www.asu.asn.au/asujoin to join the union for SACS workers who are by your side, throughout your working life.
Congratulations to all ASU members and supporters for campaigning on this issue and winning!