Universities Australia was established on 22 May 2007 as the peak body representing the university sector.
Universities Australia represents Australia's 39 universities in the public interest, both nationally and internationally.
Members of Universities Australia are the universities, represented by their Chief Executive Officer - the Vice-Chancellor.
Universities Australia strives to:
- advance and promote the benefits of Australian Universities to the nation
- support Australian universities in the performance of their roles
- develop policy positions on higher education matters through discussing higher education issues, including teaching, research and research training
- advance internationalisation of Australian universities
- provide information for and about Australian universities
- provide services and programs to Australian universities including the negotiation of common purchasing arrangements
- promote the welfare of students, staff and graduates of Australian universities
- facilitate opportunities for Australian universities (in particular, their students, staff and graduates) to develop their knowledge and skills
- study the problems and needs of Australian universities and their relations with other education institutions, organisations and the community and to encourage and sponsor their study
- assist in the further development of Australian universities.