Laws which will push up the cost of humanities courses while “job-ready” qualifications like nursing and engineering will become cheaper have passed parliament.

The lower house signed off on Thursday on amendments made in the Senate, securing the passage of the bill.

Senate support was assured on Wednesday when Centre Alliance’s Stirling Griff backed the government, despite still holding concerns about its fairness and the lack of a long-term funding plan for universities.

Labor education spokeswoman Tanya Plibersek expressed the opposition’s disappointment.

“Last year’s slogan was ‘Back in black’ – this year’s song is ‘Dirty deals done dirt cheap’,” she said.