1136.0 - Directory of Education and Training Statistics, 2004  
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Higher Education Staff Statistics Collection


Assistant Director
University Statistics Section
Research, Analysis and Evaluation Group
Higher Education Division
Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST)
PO Box 9880, Canberra City, ACT 2601
Telephone (02) 6240 9788
Facsimile (02) 6123 8503
Email university.statistics@dest.gov.au
Website http://www.dest.gov.au/default.htm


The Higher Education Staff Data Collection provides a summary of the number and full-time equivalence of full-time and fractional full-time staff. It also provides a summary of full-time equivalence for casual staff involved in the provision of higher education in higher education institutions.


The Higher Education Staff Data Collection only includes information from higher education institutions in Australia, as determined under the Higher Education Funding Act 1988. This includes:

  • institutions that receive block operating grant funding for teaching and research activities; and
  • other public higher education institutions which receive some level of operating grant funding.

Excluded from the Higher Education Staff Data Collection are:
  • the Australian Film, Television and Radio School;
  • the National Institute of Dramatic Art, Marcus Oldham College of Farm Management and the Open Learning Agency of Australia Pty Ltd; and
  • private institutions which are not required to report statistical data to DEST and are therefore outside the scope of the collection. This includes Bond University and the University of Notre Dame, Australia.



Department of Education, Science and Training, Staff, Selected Higher Education Statistics ,DEST, Canberra.

Data Service

Other data may be available on request. For further information contact DEST.

Release Schedule

The publication is released in March of the year following the reference year.


The Higher Education Staff Data Collection collects information for the following:

Full-time and fractional full-time staff

Age and Gender
Appointment details
Current duties and classification details
Full-time equivalence details
Salary details
Organisational unit
Indigenous indicator

Casual staff

Current duties
Organisational unit
Full-time equivalence details


Information is available for Australia and all sStates and tTerritories.


Institutions receive detailed written documentation about what information is required to be furnished in the form of an electronic help file. Universities design and produce their own statistical information forms. These are designed to be used by institutions to collect the required information from staff. DEST have provided institutions with suggested wording for questions relating to Indigenous status.

Institutions are provided with a software package (DEST) to assist with the collection of data. Incorporated in the package is a data validation process. Institutions are required to validate statistical and other data prior to submission. This data are then provided to DEST in the form of either magnetic files or electronically via file transfer facility. When data are received by DEST, a further series of validation checks are undertaken.


Reference Period

The census date is 31 March each year.

Frequency of Collection


Historical Data

The collection of higher education statistics in its current form commenced in 1987. Prior to that there were two separate collections of data relating to advanced education institutions and Universities. Data between the two collections is not strictly compatible and only limited comparisons can be made. Since 1987 there have also been changes to the existing collection. In 1989 a number of significant changes to the collection were made, resulting from the introduction of HECS. Since that time DEST has reviewed the nature of information required and the timing of provision of the data.


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