The South Australian Parliament has passed legislation that paves the way for the new Adelaide University to open in 2026. Here’s everything you need to know about this massive milestone for our state’s education sector.
Parliament gives the go ahead for the new uni
There’s big news for students, staff, and the entire state: The Parliamentary Committee on the Establishment of Adelaide University has endorsed the amalgamation between the University of Adelaide and University of South Australia.
After thorough deliberations, the Committee backed the amalgamation because it will give a big boost to both the state’s economy and social landscape. The Committee also found the new uni will be a boon for South Australia’s standing on the global education stage, raising the international ranking of the new institution and helping to attract more international students.
It’s an academic AND economic win
The Committee highlighted the long-term economic benefits of the new uni to South Australia. By 2034, Adelaide University is expected to contribute an additional $500 million annually to the state’s economy and educate more than 70,000 students.
Not only that, the new uni will further enhance the quality and quantity of South Australian academic research, which is already considered world-class.
Business groups, academics and the SA Productivity Commission all provided evidence to the Committee that the new Adelaide University will deliver a win for local students, providing them with the skills to be first in line for jobs to deliver ambitious programs such as AUKUS. (If you need a refresher on what AUKUS is, we’ve got you – just click here.)
Investment to level the academic playing field
To kickstart the new Adelaide University and ensure it provides a fair go for all South Australians, the State Government is sinking serious cash into breaking down barriers to higher education and research.
There will be two new government-owned investment funds – a $200 million Research Fund, plus a $120 million Student Support Fund. This second fund will ensure students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and regional SA can access higher education.
Want more? Here’s a quick guide to the creation of a new university.
An expert to guide the amalgamation
To navigate this ambitious merger, an independent expert with a stellar track record in higher education will be brought in. They’ll be responsible for working with the Government and the two existing universities, plus staff and student representatives, to make sure it’s all smooth sailing to the 2026 new uni launch. This will ensure the new uni achieves its economic and educational goals without leaving staff and students in the lurch.
The expert will provide independent advice and recommendations to the State Government on how the new uni’s proposed economic benefits are tracking, as well as measures to manage risk and any possible impacts on staff and students.
So how will this affect me?
If you’re studying now or starting your degree in the next few years, you probably have more than a few questions. That’s why we’ve put together a guide to everything you need to know about what’s happening in 2026. Click here to find out how you’ll be (positively!) affected by the amalgamation of UniSA and the University of Adelaide into the new Adelaide University.
If you want to know more, it’s all here!