Teaching and learning is a fundamental part of the mission of Australia’s universities.

Through educating the next generation, universities make a strong contribution to our economic prosperity, social wellbeing and our communities.

Australia’s great university educators not only prepare students for the careers that await — they also spark a deep passion for ideas, knowledge and evidence in those they teach.


At a glance

  • Australian universities have more than 1.3 million enrolled students and employ almost 130,000 full-time equivalent staff.
  • Almost 310,000 students graduated from Australian universities in 2017.
  • Nearly 90 per cent of graduates are in full-time work three years after graduation.
  • 39.7 per cent of 25-34 year olds hold a Bachelor degree or higher.