Australian National University vice-chancellor Brian Schmidt labels job ready graduates package an 'abysmal failure'

Sarah Lansdown
By Sarah Lansdown
July 6 2022 - 7:30pm
Professor Brian Schmidt said the job ready graduates package has not been effective in encouraging people to study in university fields with skills shortages. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

The former Coalition government's higher education reforms are an "abysmal failure" which led to massive cuts to science during the pandemic, the Australian National University's vice-chancellor says.


Sarah Lansdown

Sarah Lansdown

Canberra Times education reporter

Sarah covers all stages of education in the capital, from early childhood to higher education. Previously she was a general news reporter at The Advocate in North West Tasmania. She was named Best New Journalist at the 2019 Tasmanian Media Awards for a series on paramedic shortages. Email:

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