Higher Education Publications


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

On 19 June 2020 the Australian Government announced the Job-ready Graduates Package (the package). Changes proposed in this package affect student contributions and provide additional support for students in regional and remote Australia. The majority of these changes will commence on 1 January 2021, subject to the passage of legislation.

We encourage both current and new students who will be studying from 1 January 2021 to talk to their current or intended higher education provider to confirm how these changes may affect their individual circumstances. Further information can be found on the Job-ready Graduates Package page.

More information on the additional support for students in regional and remote areas, including the new Tertiary Access Payment and the guaranteed Commonwealth Supported places for Indigenous students can be found on the More opportunities for regional students page.

Transparency in Higher Education Expenditure Report 

The ‘Transparency in Higher Education Expenditure’ reports were conducted by Deloitte Access Economics to determine the cost of teaching and scholarship at Australian Universities.

Higher Education Report

The Higher Education Report is part of a suite of publications which report on the Australian higher education sector. The Report was previously based on the calendar year, with 2010 the last year covered. The new Report will cover a three-year period. The first of these will be for 2011-2013.

Finance Publication

Finance Publication contain financial information including financial performance, financial position and cash flows for higher education providers derived from institutions financial statements.

Financial Statement Guidelines

These Guidelines prescribe the form of the financial statements approved by the Australian Government Minister for Education, or their delegates, under section 19-10(2) of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and section 58 of the Australian Research Council Act 2001 (ARCA) for listed providers (s16-10 of HESA). These Guidelines apply to each higher education provider in respect of its general purpose financial statements.

Higher Education Newsletter

The Higher Education Newsletter aims to keep the sector and stakeholders informed about the Australian Government’s higher education policies and programs. It includes information on any legislative and guideline changes.

If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please subscribe by email to: highered@industry.gov.au.

Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) Quarterly Newsletter

The Higher Education Providers E-News will assist administrative staff members with operational and policy matters that may impact on their work. This newsletter covers training, legislative changes to HESA, distribution of the 2012 HELP products and reporting dates.

Reviews and Policy

Higher education in Australia - Departmental paper which outlines major reviews of higher education funding policy over the past 25 years.

Review of Reporting Requirements for Universities – a comprehensive audit of the Department’s reporting requirements for universities and recommendations as to how reporting processes could be improved and streamlined.

The Review of Higher Education Access and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People – a review that examined the role of higher education in Closing the Gap and reducing Indigenous disadvantage, and recommended a collaborative approach by Government, universities and professional bodies to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, staff and researchers

Higher Education Staff Data Review - a review to determine whether the Staff Data Collection meets stakeholder needs.

Base Funding Review - a review that recommends principles for public investment in higher education and enquires into funding levels.

Independent analysis of Higher Education Funding – an independent validation (Ernst & Young) of Departmental calculations of funding per Commonwealth subsidised student place.

Regional Loading Review - a review of regional loading for higher education providers with regional campuses.

Transforming Australia’s Higher Education System – reform programme announced in the 2009-10 Budget.

Review of Australian Higher Education - a review of higher education to examine the future direction of the higher education sector, its fitness for purpose in meeting the needs of the Australian community and economy, and the options for ongoing reform. The Review was conducted by an independent expert panel, led by Emeritus Professor Denise Bradley AC.


Regional Participation: The Role of Socioeconomic Status and Access -This report provides information on the factors affecting participation of regional students in Australian universities. In particular, it examines the relative importance of socioeconomic status and access to university in influencing higher education participation across regions.