"Regional loading (which totalled $31.8 million in 2010) is paid to eligible higher education providers in recognition of the higher cost of providing places at regional campuses. The 2008 Review of Australian Higher Education highlighted the complexity of issues for regional higher education provision in Australia. The Review made a number of recommendations in response to these issues including that the current system of regional loading under the Commonwealth Grant Scheme be reviewed. In response, the [then] Australian Government as part of its Transforming Australia's Higher Education System reform agenda, examined the cost of providing higher education in regional Australia, in particular the appropriateness of regional loading. The objective of the review of regional loading was to develop options for a new, more logical basis for funding. As part of this review the Government sought input from key stakeholders through a State-based consultation process, and commissioned research into good practice in regional higher education and the additional costs of providing higher education in regional and remote areas of Australia... ...The Australian Government has announced that it will increase funding for the regional loading by $110 million over four years and improve the way the regional loading is provided to universities. Funding will be targeted to the campuses that most need support, and it will be provided through a transparent process that responds to student demand."
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