| Education, Students

The take up of tertiary education

The IRU recently published a discussion paper, Towards a tertiary future, outlining our vision for tertiary education in Australia.

A supplemental paper has now been published by the IRU, digging further into Longitudinal Survey of Australian Youth (LSAY) data around applications, acceptances and completions.

This includes breakdowns by state, gender, socioeconomic group and metro/non-metro areas.

Read ‘Take up of tertiary education’ paper (PDF)

| Executive Director Comment

Towards a Tertiary Future discussion paper

The Innovative Research Universities (IRU) has published its contribution to the tertiary debate in a discussion paper titled ‘Towards a Tertiary Future’ (published 21 November 2018).

Read the full IRU discussion paper: Towards a Tertiary Future

In it, the IRU makes the case forĀ a coherent tertiary education system that ensures each person has the opportunity and incentive to get the vocational and higher education qualifications, skills and knowledge to which they aspire.

Creating such a system should be a priority for the Australian Government following the 2019 election.

The focus should be:

  • all post school education and training, with an effective relationship to schooling
  • people, and the skills and knowledge they need, not providers. Providers are the tool.

To create an effective system, we need to understand the changed role of tertiary education:

  • The economic and social reality is that nearly everyone now needs a post school qualification.
  • Educating all to their need should not hold back learning of those most naturally suited to academic learning.
  • Higher education is for all, not just the best and brightest.
  • We have moved from the advantage of having a degree or trade to the disadvantage of not having either.
  • There will be a greater overlap of earnings between those with higher education qualifications and those with VET qualifications.