Up to $250 million could be at stake if South Australia’s uni merger is delayed. 

The merger of South Australia's University of Adelaide and University of South Australia could face a financial setback if legislative action does not occur quick enough, according to one of the institutions. 

The merger to create the new ‘Adelaide University’ is intended to be complete by 2026, but both universities stress that timely legislative approval is essential to avoid financial losses and potential long-term damage.

Vice-Chancellor David Lloyd of the University of South Australia says delays could impact enrollment, especially among international students, leading to significant financial repercussions. 

Premier Peter Malinauskas says he still sees the benefits of the merger, but has also called for scrutiny. Opposition education spokesperson John Gardner urged for transparency and access to the universities' business case.

The University of Adelaide's Student Representative Council (SRC) is calling for student representation and support for disadvantaged groups, while the UniSA Student Association says attention should be paid to maintaining educational quality and inclusivity.