Mapping Australian higher education 2018

REPORT

by Andrew Norton and Ittima Cherastidtham

The graduate gender pay gap in Australia is narrowing, with more women in paid work than ever before. Women’s earnings generally outpaced men’s over the past decade. More broadly, the financial benefit of going to university is falling as domestic bachelor-degree student numbers reach record high levels. But student numbers are now increasing slowly. Combined with recent jobs growth, graduate job prospects are expected to improve in the next few years.

  • Higher Education Program Director

    Andrew Norton

    Andrew has worked as a policy adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne and as a research fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies. He has written widely on higher education, and in the late 1990s was higher education adviser to the then federal education minister, Dr David Kemp. With Dr Kemp, he conducted a federal government review of the higher education demand-driven funding system, with its report published in April 2014.

  • Higher Education Fellow

    Ittima Cherastidtham

    Ittima is an economist with a background in Macroeconomic modelling and Econometric research, with interests in New Trade Theory, Search Theory and development policies. Her research has focused on public policy and foreign investment in China over the previous four decades.

    Ittima completed her Master of Economics at The University of Melbourne where she also gained Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Software Engineering (Hons).

    Prior to joining Grattan, Ittima worked for the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.