Higher Education

Higher Education Programmes

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This support is important as the sector makes a fundamental contribution to the future of Australia and our intellectual, economic, cultural and social development. The sector:

  • educates our future workforce
  • develops our future leaders
  • provides jobs for Australians
  • facilitates cultural and trade links with other countries
  • plays a key role in the growing knowledge and innovation based economy of Australia.

Australian Government budget information

For information about higher education measures announced in past federal budgets, please go to education.gov.au

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP)

The Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP) is a legislative advisory body under the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency Act 2011, with responsibility related to the standards applying in higher education in Australia.

HELP and other Information

The Australian Government provides financial assistance to students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), which consists of five different loan schemes.


Higher education is integral to the long term success of Australia’s intellectual and economic development. 

Higher Education Statistics

The Department of Education Higher Education Group is responsible for the collection and dissemination of statistics relating to the provision of higher education in all Australian universities.

Current Reviews and Consultations

The department conducts periodic reviews of higher education policy, and undertakes consultation with the higher education sector on a range of issues.

Access and Participation

The department is working to ensure that all people with the desire and capability to attend university have the opportunity to do so, and succeed in their studies, regardless of their background. ...

Higher Education Disability Support Programme

The Disability Support Programme provides funding to eligible higher education providers to undertake activities that assist in removing barriers to access for students with disability.

Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP)

The Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university have the opportunity to do so. It provides funding to assist universities listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support...

Quality and Legislative Frameworks

The Government supports a number of programmes that enhance and reward the quality and reputation of higher education in Australia.

Higher Education Publications

The Higher Education Report is part of a suite of publications which report on the Australian higher education sector.