Australia has undergone a profound structural shift in recent decades. Over the past ten years employment growth for those with a bachelor degree or above has exceeded employment growth for those with no post-secondary qualifications by a factor of three. Consistently, those sectors...
The scale of the Australian education export market is well above what might be expected when considering the size of our population and economy. Australia is the third most popular destination for international students, attracting nearly seven per cent of the world’s international students....Read more
Absent a sustained increase in Australia’s birth rate or a rapid increase in net migration, there are few mechanisms available to policy makers to maintain income growth outside of those that target productivity growth. As Australia moves closer to the frontiers of economic performance, our...Read more
A key driver for the implementation of demand-driven funding was the prediction of shortfalls in demand for future graduates over the coming decade (to 2018). However, early indications suggest that much of the growth associated with demand-driven funding may occur in generalist fields of...Read more
The lagged nature of performance data, combined with the relative recency of demand-driven funding, means that it is too early to fully evaluate student performance in a demand-driven system. However, recent trends can be analysed as early indicators. Domestic commencing undergraduate retention...Read more
While the number of low SES students has increased over the last few years, students from high and medium SES backgrounds continue to represent the majority of domestic admissions at undergraduate level. Similarly, although low-ATAR and low SES students are sometimes equated, analysis shows that...Read more
Demand-driven funding was implemented in conjunction with a national target to have 20% of undergraduate higher education enrolments coming from low SES students by 2020. While the share of both commencing and total undergraduate enrolments from low SES students increased by around one...Read more
The Group of Eight (Go8) has released detailed projections of future demand for higher education in Australia, based on the latest population projections by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. This work updates earlier Go8 projections published in 2010.
Go8 universities clearly demonstrate the excellence of their performance in higher education, research and community service.
The excellent teaching, research and business performance of Go8 members attract international recognition and facilitate the national and international influence necessary to benefit Australia, advance national well-being and help solve the major challenges confronting the world.
The Go8 exists to: enhance the contribution of its member universities to the nation’s social, economic, cultural and environmental well-being and prosperity; extend the contribution of its member universities to the generation and preservation of the world’s stock of knowledge; strengthen Australia’s capacity to engage in and benefit from global developments, respond to global and local challenges; and expand opportunities for Australian students, regardless of background, to participate in world-class higher education.