Key findings highlighted in the ACER report are:
Demand for university in Australia rose 2.1% for 2012 enrolments and has increased 9.7% since 2009.
- Among the states, Queensland and Victoria have experienced the largest growth in demand for university places over the past few years.
- University offers have surged in Australia following the announcement of student demand driven funding for the sector.
- In 2012, university offers increased 5.3% nationally. This increase comes on top of notable rises of 3.5% in 2011 and 6.4% in 2010. This sudden growth directly parallels government policy announcements on student demand driven funding.
- Since 2009 the annual number of offers by universities has increased by 15.9%, from about 200 000 in 2009 to more than 230 000 in 2012.
- The largest growth in supply of university places has occurred in Victoria, with a 22% increase in offers since 2009.Queensland follows this with an 18% rise over this period.
- With supply growing faster than demand, success rates of applicants have increased. In 2009, 83.7% of applicants received a university offer. By 2012 this success rate had risen to 88.4%.
- New South Wales–Australian Capital Territory has the highest success rate, with 96% of applicants gaining a university offer. The next highest state is Western Australia with an 87.8% success rate in 2012. The lowest is South Australia-Northern Territory with 78.4% success.
- Growth in the system of this magnitude was not foreseen by the Bradley Review of Higher Education or the Australian Government prior to the policy announcement.
The report is part of the Joining the Dots series, access to which is available by subscription.