Legal issues in higher education and The Trade Practices Act

Bessant, J 2004, 'Legal issues in higher education and The Trade Practices Act', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 26, no. 2, pp. 251-263.


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Title Legal issues in higher education and The Trade Practices Act
Author(s) Bessant, J
Year 2004
Journal name Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Volume number 26
Issue number 2
Start page 251
End page 263
Total pages 13
Publisher Carfax Publishing
Abstract Australian universities, like their counterparts in most Western countries, have suffered a dramatic reduction in the level of public funding in recent years. One issue on the horizon that is of relevance to students and universities is the latter's exposure to National Competition Policy and, more specifically, the Trade Practices Act. Recent changes to universities, the student experience and the law present new legal options for student redress and new liabilities for universities and individual staff. In this paper, I ask whether appealing to the Trade Practices Act is an appropriate strategy for responding to "deregulation" of universities, funding cuts and the associated decline in the capacity of universities to deliver quality education.
Subject Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
DOI - identifier 10.1080/1360080042000218294
Copyright notice © 2004 Association for Tertiary Education Management
ISSN 1360-080X
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