Education Minister Dan Tehan (Image: AAP/Mick Tsikas)

What might at any other time have made headlines for weeks is now little more than a sidebar. Australian universities were thrown a lifeline when federal Education Minister Dan Tehan announced the government’s higher education relief package. 

It provides a financial floor for universities, a guarantee of future income under the funding formula for domestic students even if numbers drop.

It has a potentially huge future
financial impact, although a precise number is hard to calculate, as we don’t
know how student numbers will pan out.