The Federal Government has allocated 967 additional university places to train teachers, nurses, and engineers at the University of Newcastle.

It’s estimated to cost $28 million locally, part of a $485 million scheme to train 20,000 new students across the country.

The places will roll out over 2023 and 2024.

It’s hoped the commitment will both level the playing field in terms of student equity, as well as help address staff shortages in critical sectors.