4 September, 2012Between August and October, more than 80,000 Australian university students will be asked to participate in the Student Finances Survey, providing the sector's peak national body with a comprehensive overview of student living standards.
"The Student Finances Survey allows Universities Australia to assess the financial needs of the 1.2 million students currently enrolled at Australian universities," said Belinda Robinson, Chief Executive of Universities Australia.
The survey is administered every 5-6 years.
"It is in all students' best interests to participate in the survey because it is only when we understand the needs of students that we can assist in advocating on their behalf.
"This year's survey is particularly important because we are including international students for the first time. International students make up a significant proportion of our student body, so their participation is vital if we are to have a truly accurate snapshot of the sector," said Ms Robinson.
The Student Finances Survey covers issues relating to students' income, work habits and expenses, including accommodation and transport.
"Participation in the survey will help Universities Australia and others develop targeted and effective policy positions to put to state and federal governments," Ms Robinson concluded.