The Liberal National Government will establish a Regional Study Hub in Wangarratta to support higher education students living in the region.

Regional Study Hubs deliver education services, such as academic support, study spaces, video conferencing and computing facilities, in regional and rural communities to support local students in their studies.

The Morrison Government will provide up to $4 million to support the establishment of the Regional Study Hub. We have already provided $24.2 million to support study hubs in 22 locations around Australia as part of our $490 million investment in regional higher education.

The operator of the Wangarratta Regional Study Hub will be chosen through a competitive tender process, with the successful applicant able to access Morrison Government funding.

Liberal candidate for Indi Steve Martin said a study hub in Wangarratta would make a real difference in the lives of students, their families and the local community.

“Creating a Regional Study Hub where students can get quality support to complete their higher education while remaining in the local community will reduce their cost of getting a degree,” Mr Martin said.

“We also know that students who study in regional areas are more likely to live and work in regional areas after they graduate and more doctors, nurses and teachers in Wangaratta is good news for our community.”

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Morrison Government was also providing a further $14 million to fully support additional Commonwealth supported bachelor places for students studying in Regional Study Hubs.

“Our Government’s investment in regional and remote education will give students greater choice and access to opportunities through more Commonwealth-supported places at regional campuses, more scholarships for rural and regional students and more Regional Study Hubs,” Mr Tehan said.

“The Coalition Government’s strong economic management ensures we continue to invest record funding in education, so every Australian, no matter where they live, has access to a world-class education.”

Nationals candidate for Indi Mark Byatt called on local students to take advantage of Government scholarships that were available to help support their higher education.

“The Morrison Government is offering up to $18,000 for students from rural, regional or remote Australia to study through the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships program,” Mr Byatt said.

“They are also offering 4720 scholarships of up to $15,000 a year for domestic and international students to study at a regional university or vocational training provider.”