“This is another step forward in the fight against academic cheating and we applaud the government’s front-foot approach,” Universities Australia Chief Executive Catriona Jackson said.
“Contract cheating threatens the integrity and reputation of a university degree. This is bad for students and bad for universities.
“Students caught cheating can face serious consequences and may jeopardise their future career.
“We strongly back all efforts to crack down on these malicious services that exploit students.
“Universities recognise the pressures students sometimes find themselves under, but cheating is never the answer, no matter how challenging the circumstances.
“Institutions offer a variety of academic support services, and we strongly encourage students struggling with their studies to seek help from their university.
“We’re continuing to work closely with our members, government and the regulator to stamp out contract cheating services.”
Read UA’s media resource on contract cheating for more information.