Advocating for Higher Education reform 

The PACFA CEO has written to the Education Minister, the Hon Dan Tehan, to express our concerns about the Government’s proposed Higher Education Reform Package 

The proposed reforms would see a huge increase in the cost of education programs in counselling and psychotherapy. If implemented, this would have a devastating impact on the counselling and psychotherapy profession as our training would become prohibitively expensive.  

The Higher Education Reform Package is intended to focus public investment in higher education on national priorities. However it overlooks the fact that mental health has been identified by the Morrison government as a national priority.  

Under the Reform Packagestudent fees to study counselling or psychotherapy would go up from $6,805 to $14,500 per year. The same price increase would also apply to social work and psychology. Only Clinical Psychology has been prioritised in the Reform Package with their fees to be reduced to $3,700 per year. This is not an adequate response to address the training needs of the Australian mental health workforce. The mental health workforce is a diverse and multi-disciplinary workforce, not just a workforce of Clinical Psychologists. 

PACFA will continue to pursue government about these short-sighted proposals and to advocate for more appropriate fees for counselling and psychotherapy students. We will seek to partner with other peak bodies to collectively advocate for changes to the proposed Higher Education Reform Package.  

Download CEO’s Letter to Education Minister