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Higher Education

Higher Education
Higher Education
Higher education qualifications are recognised formal qualifications at the Bachelor degree level and above. These include qualifications obtained at universities and other institutions.

A higher education student is a person who has been admitted to a higher education institution and who is enrolled (either full time, part time or externally) in a higher education award course, an enabling course or a non-award course to be undertaken in the semester used as the reference period. (Reference: Department of Education, Science and Training, Students: Selected Higher Education Statistics 2002.)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics conducts a number of surveys that collect data on higher education while the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education (DIISRTE) is the custodian of administrative data.

  • Year Book Australia: Education and Training: Higher Education (cat. no. 1301.0)
    The Education and Training Chapter in the Year Book includes an article on Higher Education.
  • Education and Work, Australia (cat. no. 6227.0)
    The Survey of Education and Work (SEW) provides a range of key indicators of educational participation and attainment of persons aged 15–74 years, along with data on people's transition between education and work.
  • Education and Training Experience (cat. no. 6278.0)
    The Survey of Education and Training (SET) provides information on individuals' access to, and experiences in, education, training and learning as well as information on the links between education, training and employment.
  • Learning and Work, Australia (cat. no. 4235.0)
    This publication presents detailed information about the educational history of people aged 15 years and over and its impact on and relevance to their working lives. Data collected includes the level and field of each qualification, year of completion and whether the qualification was attained in Australia. In addition, information was collected on the relevance of each qualification to a person’s current job, the impact on working life in the first six months after completion, income and cultural background.
  • Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0)
    The Australian Social Trends (AST) publication covers social issues of current and ongoing concern, population groups of interest, and changes in these over time.
  • Research and Experimental Development, Higher Education Organisations, Australia (cat. no. 8111.0)
    This publication presents statistics on Research and Experimental Development (R&D) undertaken by Australian higher education institutions.
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