TEQSA Higher Education Statistics

Date —

30 Oct 2019

Industry Sector/s —
Higher Education

Summary —

The 2019 TEQSA Statistics Report provides high-level information across the three key areas: providers, students and academic staff. The summary aims to provide ITECA members with a snapshot of relevant information as it affects the independent tertiary education system.

Key Issues —

Data within the 2019 TEQSA Statistics Report relates to 2017, the most recent year for which comprehensive, comparable data is available. TEQSA has provided a five-year comparison of provider, student and staff data, dating back to 2013.

A Broad Range Of Providers

In 2017, New South Wales had the largest number of providers (73), followed by Victoria (45) and Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia each with 16. Of all the providers in New South Wales, 48% were for-profit and 34% were not-for-profit. The providers in Victoria had a split of 33% for-profit and 36% not-for-profit.

Universities continue to enrol the largest proportion of students; 91% of universities having 5,000 equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) or greater. Of non-university providers, 99% have an EFTSL load of less than 5,000. This highlights the disparity in size and scope between university and non-university providers.

Provider course accreditation for 2017 decreased by 43% as a result of the of the new accreditation requirements as part of the revised Higher Education Threshold Standards coming into effect on 1 January 2017. This is the first decline since 2013 for every broad field of education and all AQF levels, other than at AQF Level 7 and affects non-university higher education providers.

Approximately 64% of not-for-profit providers have are dual sector providers, with 44% only focussing on the domestic market. In 2017, all universities and TAFEs were registered to deliver to overseas students, while only 28% of independent higher education providers have registration to enrol overseas students.

Overseas & Domestic Student Numbers

Overall, domestic higher education enrolments climbed by 1% year on year, with overseas student enrolments increasing by 10%. From 2013, domestic enrolments showed an 8% increased while overseas student enrolments increased by 34%.

For vocational education and training courses at higher education providers, for-profit providers had a decline in domestic student EFTSL by 7% and TAFE by 3%.

The majority of students at university, for-profit and TAFE providers were full-time students, although the number of part-time students at for-profit providers increased by 9% between 2016 and 2017. Not-for-profit providers had a more even split with 42% of their enrolments being full-time students, increasing by 6% from 2016.

The majority of students at universities, for-profit and TAFE studied face-to-face, with not-for-profit providers giving less face-to-face classes.

A Varied Staff Breakdown

Universities employ the majority of their staff (65%) on a full-time basis, followed by TAFE (55% full-time staff), not-for-profit (50% full-time staff) and for-profit (39% full-time staff). The majority of staff from for-profit providers are employed on a casual basis (46%). This is an increase of 21% for for-profit providers. Not-for profit providers have seen an increase of 35% in casual academic staff.

This report is one of the most comprehensive assessments of Australia’s higher education system and is invaluable reading for all with an interest in the sector.

Australian Government Link –

2019 TEQSA Statistics Report [URL]

For the purposes of the report, TEQSA has used broad groups to describe providers: universities, independent for-profit, independent not-for-profit, and technical and further education (TAFE).

Australian independent tertiary education providers continue to support a large proportion of domestic and international students across a large variety of study disciplines in higher education.



Member Engagement:

ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Higher Education Reference Committee.


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