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New Regional University Centre being established in Albany

Regional Development Australia Great Southern will receive $1,397,239 from the Morrison Government to support students to learn skills and qualifications locally.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson today announced the Federal Government had finalised the grant agreement to establish a new Regional University Centre in Albany.

Regional University Centres support tertiary students to study by distance at any Australian education institution. The funding supports local infrastructure by providing a safe, supportive learning environment, with access to technology and high-speed internet, as well as administrative and academic support services and pastoral support for local students.

“The centre will generate new jobs and opportunities in Albany, giving local people the support they need to undertake tertiary studies without having to relocate,” Mr Wilson said.

“Our Government is delivering on its commitment to create more opportunities within regional communities to ensure every Australian, no matter where they live, can access a world-class education.

“The centre will also provide opportunities to share in the social, economic and cultural benefits of tertiary education.”

The Morrison Government has committed $74.2 million to fund up to 33 Regional University Centres across Australia.



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.