Australia's universities make a strong contribution to Australia's economic prosperity and social well being.

  • Universities have more than one million enrolled students.
  • Universities employ over 100,000 staff.
  • International education is Australia’s largest service export
  • Universities are significant contributors to their local communities by providing local employment opportunities, research, industry collaboration, building vital infrastructure and through local community and sporting grants.
  • Australia’s regional universities play a vital role in supporting regional economies.
  • University research stimulates innovation and delivers solutions to the economic, social and demographic challenges facing the nation.
  • The rate of return on publicly-funded research is generally between 20 and 60 per cent.

A range of statistics related to our student and staff demographic, graduate outcomes, research, and internationalisation activities is included in Universities Australia's data snapshot.

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Australia's performance in an international context
Statistics relating to Australia's performance in an international context.
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Research Intensity & Output
Statistics relating to research intensity and output.
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Staff characteristics, teaching & graduate outcomes
Statistics relating to staff characteristics, teaching and graduate outcomes
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Student Numbers & Characteristics
Statistics relating to student numbers and their characteristics
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University Revenue, Expenditure & Resources
Statistics relating to university revenue, expenditure and resources.
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