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Government of South Australia - Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

    A new university for South Australia

    The establishment of a new Adelaide University will place South Australia at the forefront of education in Australia.

    The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia have entered into a formal agreement to work together to support the State Government to create a combined new university.

    Adelaide University will unlock the benefits of increased collaboration and scale, making transformational investments in both teaching and research more feasible, and will be a stronger attraction for domestic and international students and creative, talented staff.

    Under the Statement of Cooperation, several parties will collaborate to chart the path forward, including:

    • the Council of the University of South Australia,
    • the Council of the University of Adelaide,
    • the Australian Government,
    • the South Australian Government.

    An independent expert with experience in higher education will be appointed to work with the South Australian Government and the two existing universities, as well as staff and student representatives, throughout the implementation phase.

    This expert will provide independent advice and recommendations on the measurement and achievement of proposed economic benefits, possible impacts on staff and students and risk management measures.

    To support the creation of the new university, the South Australian Government has committed $464.5 million over four years, including:

    • a $200 million research fund
    • a $120 million student support fund to assist students from the regions or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds to access higher education
    • $114.5 million for the acquisition of Magill and parts of the Mawson Lakes campus
    • $30 million to attract international students.
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    Consultation on the draft Bill for the new Adelaide University

    During August 2023, a public consultation process was undertaken to seek feedback specifically on the draft Bill to establish Adelaide University. You can view the final insights report and background information here.

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    The establishment of new Adelaide University places South Australia at the forefront of education in Australia.

    With our state’s research and future workforce needs increasingly dependent on highly skilled workers with university level qualifications, Adelaide University will be vital to ensuring we are growing South Australia economically and investing in our state’s future.