16 September 2018

Good news and bad news for the women of Australia

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.

7 September 2018

A lower graduate premium is no cause for alarm

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.

5 September 2018

To fix higher education funding, we also need to fix vocational education

The policy status quo of capped higher education funding and a funding bias against vocational education will not serve us well. With restored demand driven funding and changes to vocational education, the tertiary education system would do a better job of matching students with the courses that maximise their long-term employment outcomes.

30 May 2018

University admission: ATAR best guide to student performance

Forget what you may have heard recently: ATAR is not on its way out. The Australian Tertiary Admission Rank is still a used and useful tool for universities and for school students considering higher education.

25 May 2018

Scrapping selective admissions would only postpone the inevitable

For all the criticism it gets, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank remains a cheap and efficient selection system that plausibly links entry criteria to academic outcomes.

14 May 2018

To avoid uni drop outs, vocational ed needs a boost

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.

8 May 2018

Budget 2018: what’s in store for education

The long aftermath of the VET FEE-HELP loan fiasco is still being felt in the 2018-19 Budget. The government is planning to spend A$36.2M over fours years for a new IT system to ensure compliance in the replacement VET Student Loans program.

2 May 2018

Part-timers at greatest risk of failing to complete their studies

There has been controversy raging over the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank for several weeks while a larger problem with university admissions, that of part-time study, is hardly mentioned.

4 April 2018

Submission on Redevelopment and Audit of the Higher Education Data Collection

The federal Department of Education and Training is looking to improve the quality and relevance of higher education student statistics. In this submission to the department’s discussion paper, Grattan’s Andrew Norton and Ittima Cherastidtham call on the Government to establish a universal identifier for post-secondary students.

27 March 2018

Designing a more sustainable student loan system

Nearly $20 billion of outstanding debt in the Higher Education Loan Program is not expected to be repaid. But the Commonwealth Government’s proposed reform Bill would collect less repayment from people with incomes between $58,000 and $95,000. In this submission to a Senate committee, Grattan’s Andrew Norton and Ittima Cherastidtham suggest alternative thresholds that would remedy this problem.