A Joint Committee has been formed to inquire into the establishment of Adelaide University, and in so doing consider -

  1. the proposal to create Adelaide University, to be formed by the amalgamation of the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia:

  2. the expected impact (including non-commercially confidential modelling generated by the existing universities) of the new university, on:

    1. the South Australian economy and society

    2. current and future staff and students of the two existing universities, and

    3. the higher education sector in South Australia.

  3. ensuring Adelaide University's legislative, governance and funding arrangements provide for a university that:

    1. facilitates access to education by South Australians from a broad range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, including Aboriginal South Australians;

    2. is engaged with industry and business in South Australia on research and education outcomes ;

    3. generates high quality research and engages in commercialisation of research of strategic importance to South Australia;

    4. is likely to be consistently highly ranked against universities globally;

    5. is attractive to and welcoming of international students; and

    6. has a modern governance framework consistent with high standards of fiduciary responsibility and understanding of the value of universities to the state's economy and society and of the Australian and global higher education environment.

  4. any measures by which the parliament and government can facilitate these outcomes in creating the Adelaide University; and

  5. any other related matter.

Any person or organisation wishing to make a submission to the Committee is invited to do so by COB 14 August 2023. Written submissions to be addressed to the Parliamentary Officer, Joint Committee on the Establishment of Adelaide University, GPO Box 572, Adelaide SA 5001, and emailed to: JCEAU@parliament.sa.gov.au

All submissions will be made publicly available unless otherwise determined by the Committee.

Further information about the Committee can be found on the Committee’s webpage


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Acknowledgement of Country

The Parliament of South Australia acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community. We pay our respect to them and their cultures and to the Elders both past and present.