14 August 2019
Prime Minister Scott Morrison may have declared that ‘TAFE is as good as university’, but Australia is a long way from having policies that support students equitably across the tertiary education system.
12 August 2019
Students with lower ATARs generally have lower lifetime earnings. But men with lower ATARs could earn more doing a vocational education course than a bachelor degree in their chosen field.
17 June 2019
Practical measures are needed to preserve the benefits of expanded access to higher education, while reducing its costs and risks. They are worth doing whether we keep current government controls on enrolment expansion or go back to the demand-driven system.
11 January 2019
Four years on from the worst new graduate employment outcomes ever, the 2018 statistics released today show cause for optimism. Although full-time employment rates remain well down on a decade ago, they are improving.
12 December 2018
School leavers across Australia are getting their ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank), and in coming weeks will get a chance to update their university course preferences. Here are three things they should keep in mind when finalising their preferences.
16 November 2018
In many wealthy countries, including Australia, 40% of young adults are likely to achieve a bachelor degree or above. But policy-makers and others wonder whether we might have too much of a good thing.
27 September 2018
Australia escaped the worst of the great recession that hit the UK and the US. But over the past decade, new graduates have still found it much more difficult to find work than they did before 2009. New analysis of census data shows that for some graduates, employment problems stretch into their early career years.
16 September 2018
The good news for the women of Australia is that the gender pay gap is narrowing. The bad news is that the gap between what men and women earn – per hour and over a career – is still there and it’s still big.
14 May 2018
For universities, budget week brought bigger news from the opposition than the government. Bill Shorten committed Labor to restoring the demand-driven funding system. If Labor wins the next election, public universities could again enrol unlimited numbers of domestic bachelor degree students.
4 January 2018
Australia’s experiment with demand-driven university funding is over, with government cash frozen for two years from 1 January. Increased funding from 2020 will be distributed by the government without reference to student demand. The demand-driven system was not a failed experiment. But it was a costly one, as it funded universities for unlimited numbers of bachelor’s degree students.