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Promise of Clearer ATAR Process from 2019

Posted on 5 July 2017
Promise of Clearer ATAR Process from 2019

CaSPA was one of a number of stakeholder groups who were invited to participate in a review of Tertiary Entry processes earlier this.  The findings of this Review process headed by Prof Kerri-Lee Krause were released today:

As Chair of the Admissions Transparency Implementation Working Group (IWG), I am pleased to present a joint higher education sector and Australian Government plan  released today to implement the recommendations of the Higher Education Standards Panel's 2016 report: Improving the transparency of higher education admissions. 

The plan is available on the Department of Education and Training website at https://www.education.gov.au/node/13841

Thank you to those who provided input to the development of the plan through the consultation process. 54 written submissions were received in response to the consultation draft of the plan. IWG members also met with more than 30 stakeholder organisations in formal discussion, including provider peak bodies, tertiary admission centres, career educators, students, parents, school principals, state and territory secondary curriculum and assessment authorities, equity interest groups and practitioners, the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Institute for Teaching and School leadership. There was strong stakeholder support for the principles and objectives articulated in the plan.

The plan sets out a phased approach to implementation, with some changes to be put in place this year for the benefit of 2018 higher education applicants. This includes delivery of consistently framed whole-of-institution information on admission policies and processes, along with comparable data on recent student admissions and the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) profile of places offered for every course available. A broader suite of course-level information will be delivered in 2018 to support those applying to study in 2019.

I look forward to seeing the plan implemented across the sector to inform the choices of prospective students regarding providers and course of study options in the future.


Best wishes
Kerri-Lee
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Kerri-Lee Krause PhD
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost
Professor of Higher Education
Victoria University
PO Box 14428 Melbourne VIC 8001

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