Researchers work in universities, government, not-for-profits and the industry sector. University research staff is made up of academics in teaching and research positions, research-only positions and post-graduate students.
Universities represent the majority of Australia’s research workforce at 81,090 FTE out of a total workforce of 180,540 FTE (45 per cent) in 2020.
Postgraduate students compromise 57 per cent of the university R&D workforce, making them significant contributors to Australia’s research efforts. In 2020, 65,397 students were enrolled in Higher Degree by Research courses, and 10,235 research students graduated from their program.
University researchers are a critical part of the research system, building a pipeline of innovative ideas, which boost productivity, enhance our society and contribute to knowledge globally.