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About HILDA

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) survey is an Australian household-based panel study which began in 2001. It has been used for examining issues such as the incidence of persistent poverty; assets and income in the transition to retirement; the correlates and impact of changes in physical and mental health; and an international comparison of wealth and happiness. The survey is widely used by Australian and international researchers in the fields of economics, social science and social policy and by the Australian Government. The HILDA survey is managed by a small team from the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research at the University of … [Read more...]

Who should go to university?

 Everyone, or just enough people to fill skilled jobs? ………………………………………………………………………………………………………  We have more people going to university in Australia than ever before. In 1971 only 2% of the population over 15 years old held a Bachelor’s degree, in 2013 it was 25%. Last year a whopping 1,149,300 people were enrolled in a Bachelor’s degree or above.  However, graduate employment rates are falling. This leads many to ask whether too many people are going to university. Should everyone go to university or just the correct number to be able to fill highly skilled jobs in Australia?  asks Leo Goedegebuure (University of Melbourne), writing in The … [Read more...]

Australian unis rate highly

The Australian     |     30 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… Dispelling a year of gloomy predictions of poorer international competitiveness, Australia’s higher education system has come third on a ranking based on performance across 36 disciplines, behind only the US and Britain and equal to Germany. ………………………………………………………………………………………………….................................... Australian universities also came in third place based on institutions in top 50 positions in the 2015 QS World University Rankings by Subject. Australian National University topped the list of 29 local universities qualifying for the ranking, with four disciplines being scored among the … [Read more...]

Uni surpluses don’t reflect “underlying position”

The Australian | 16 April 2015 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   Victoria’s vice-chancellors have warned that their universities’ surpluses are artificially “inflated” and may bear little relation to reality. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Among other pressures, the end of the Education Infrastructure Fund means need to generate healthy surpluses to fund future investments. Victorian Vice Chancellor’s Committee chair and La Trobe vice-chancellor John Dewar says: This is the only way a university can fund a capital program given that there are no longer any sources of government funds for capital projects. By and large, universities operate with very low … [Read more...]

Deregulation uncertainty leaves Melbourne University unable to budget

The Age     |      1 November 2014 Too many "known unknowns" ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… With the government’s university reform package, which includes funding cuts and fee deregulation, apparently stalled in the Senate, The University of Melbourne has been unable to draw up a budget for next year due to uncertainty. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......…… With the government’s university reform package, which includes funding cuts and fee deregulation, apparently stalled in the Senate, The University of Melbourne has been unable to draw up a budget for next year due to uncertainty. In an email to staff on 31 October, vice-chancellor GlynDavis said that … [Read more...]

LH Martin Institute – Associate Director

28 October 2014 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The LH Martin Institute is currently advertising for the position of Associate Director. The successful applicant will be responsible for furthering stakeholder engagement as well as ensuring the suite of activities developed are meeting the needs of senior leaders and managers in the tertiary education sector. Excellent leadership and negotiating skills are essential. ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……   The LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management (the Institute) is the national centre for professional development for senior academic and administrative staff in the post-secondary … [Read more...]

The Scan | #163 | 25 September 2014

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Vic’s ACFE joins TAFE “in crisis” 24 September 2014     |     The travails besetting Victoria’s TAFE sector have spread to its Adult, Community and Further Education (ACFE) sector with the ACFE board 2013-14 annual report showing a $1.1 million loss for the ACFE Board after a $11 million cut in state government funding. ACFE returned a $9.4 million surplus in 2012-13. The sector has had a precipitous drop in government income from its peak in 2011-12 – down 80% – and since 2009-10 – down 40%..... [ MORE ].... UWA sets … [Read more...]

Sector submissions to the Senate Inquiry

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Updated 12 October 2014 . ……………………………………………………………………………………………….......……  25 September 2014 Generally  supportive but with significant amendments ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The government’s higher education reform package - the Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014 - was referred on 3 September to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee for consideration and report by 28 October. Submissions to the inquiry closed on 22 September. The committee has published 79 submissions on its website. Following are extracts from 27 submissions lodged by higher education organisations (peak bodies) … [Read more...]

Meanwhile, in the Senate…

 20 August 2014………………………………………………………………………………………………………Christopher Pyne is barnstorming the nation making the case for his higher education reform package, and continues to question that fee deregulation will likely lead to overall big fee hikes.  Never mind fee deregulation: University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Glyn Davis (not a person given to hyperbole) has pointed out that the 20% cut in public funding to universities will alone require at least a 30% fee increase.  Pyne also makes much of the generosity of the the proposed new Commonwealth scholarship scheme - but no one seems to pick him up on the fact that it will be funded by students themselves (20% of increased revenue from fees … [Read more...]

Melbourne University makes the top 50

 15 August 2014 ………………………………………………………………………………………………………Four Australian Universities have been placed in the top 100 of the 2014 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings).………………………………………………………………………………………………………Melbourne University has cracked the top 50 coming in at 44, up 10 places from last year. ANU was placed at 74 (66 in 2013) , University of Queensland 85 (85), University of Western Australia 88 (91). Sydney, ranked 97 last year, dropped out of the top 100.Nineteen Australian universities were placed in the top 500.Melbourne vice-chancellor Glyn Davis says that for any Australian universities to be achieving top 100 status is a significant achievement and to … [Read more...]