Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)

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The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) aimed to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university had the opportunity to do so. It provided funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 to undertake activities and implement strategies that improve access to undergraduate courses for people from low SES backgrounds, as well as improving the retention and completion rates of those students.

The legislative basis for HEPPP is provided by the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and the Other Grants Guidelines (Education) 2012 .

HEPPP had three components:

  • Participation
  • Partnerships
  • National Priorities Pool

Component A – Participation

The Participation component of HEPPP provided funding to universities to increase the participation of domestic students from low SES backgrounds in accredited undergraduate qualifications, and support the retention and success of those students. Funding is allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university.

Participation funding allocated to each university is shown in the following spreadsheet:

Component B – Partnerships

The Partnerships component of HEPPP provided funding to universities to raise the aspirations and build the capacity of people from low SES backgrounds to participate in higher education, by developing activities in partnership with primary and secondary schools, VET providers, other universities, State and Territory governments, community groups and other stakeholders.

Since 2013 funding was allocated to universities by formula based on the number of students from low SES backgrounds enrolled at each university. Previously most Partnerships funding was allocated through competitive grants rounds. Projects funded through this component can be found on the following pages:

National Priorities Pool

The National Priorities Pool component provides funding for projects that support the more effective implementation of HEPPP nationally and at the institutional level.

Further information

For further information, please contact the department at equity@education.gov.au