University and Other Higher Education in Australia - Market Research Report

University and Other Higher Education industry trends (2014-2019)

poll Average industry growth 2014–2019: 3.7%

The University and Other Higher Education industry has undergone significant review and reform over the past five years. In 2012, the Federal Government removed enrolment caps for universities and introduced a demand-driven system, enabling industry operators to offer a higher number of places for most degrees, boosting domestic student enrolments during the first half of the period. The uncapping Commonwealth-supported places under the Commonwealth Grants Scheme has significantly increased public expenditure on universities, creating budgetary pressures for the Federal Government. In 2017, government funding for bachelor courses was capped at 2017 levels, with this cap remaining in place for the 2018 and 2019 calendar years, limiting growth in fundi...
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University and Other Higher Education industry outlook (2019-2024)

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Revenue for the University and Other Higher Education industry is anticipated to increase over the five years through XXX-XX. Industry revenue strongly depends on public policy, as a large portion of revenue is derived from government funding. The proportion of the population aged between XX and XX is projected to increase over the next five years. This will likely help industry revenue growth, as most students attending higher education institutions are within this age bracket. The adoption of technology enabling distance education, such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), is also forecast to increase student enrolments and industry revenue. Industry revenue is projected to grow at an annualised X.X% over the five years through XXX-XX, to $XX.X...
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University and Other Higher Education industry statistics

  • attach_money Market Size: $34bn
  • business Number of Businesses: 229
  • poll Average Industry Profit Margin: x.x%
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  • supervisor_account Industry Employment: 136,639

Biggest companies in the University and Other Higher Education industry

The companies holding the largest market share in the University and Other Higher Education in Australia industry include Monash University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Queensland.

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What is University and Other Higher Education industry?

Industry Definition

The industry comprises accredited education providers that mainly provide undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as defined under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

Industry Products and Services

  • Bachelor's degrees
  • Other undergraduate programs
  • Master's degrees
  • Doctoral and other postgraduate degrees
  • Other education courses
  • Research

Industry Activities

  • Postgraduate school operation
  • Research school operation
  • Undergraduate school operation
  • University operation

Market research report - table of contents

Industry Definition

The industry comprises accredited education providers that mainly provide undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as defined under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

Main Activities

  • Postgraduate school operation
  • Research school operation
  • Undergraduate school operation
  • University operation

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Additional Resources

Industry Statistics Snapshot

Industry Structure

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Population growth affects demand from Australian students for higher education services. People aged between 18 and 25 comprise the key market for tertiar...
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Population aged between 18 and 25
Public funding for tertiary education
Trade-weighted index
Secondary school retention rate

Current Performance

International developments
Massive Open Online Courses
Research developments
Enrolment trends
 Chart: Revenue Growth

Industry Outlook

Online courses
Enrolment trends
 Table: University and Other Higher Education in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Revenue Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Life Cycle Reasons
 Chart: Benchmarking - University and Other Higher Education in Australia - Market Research Report Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

Supply Chain

Key Buying Industries

Scientific Research Services in Australia
Consumers in Australia





Key Selling Industries

Computer and Computer Peripheral Wholesaling in Australia
Paper Product Wholesaling in Australia
Newsagents and Book Retailers in Australia




Products & Services

Industry players provide accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Universities also conduct research, which is mostly funded through government ...
International students
Research and consulting markets
Domestic students (low SES)



Demand Determinants

Demand for the industry is influenced by a range of factors such as the perceived value of higher education, the availability of government assistance for...
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Major Markets

International students
Research and consulting markets
Domestic students (low SES)




 Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the University and Other Higher Education in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

International Trade

Business Locations

Chart: Business Locations by State Chart: Business Locations by State

Market Share Concentration

The University and Other Higher Education industry is characterised by a low level of market share concentration with the top four institutions accounting...
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Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Profit, Purchases, Wages, Other Costs
 Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs University and Other Higher Education in Australia - Market Research Report

Basis of Competition

Internal competition
External competition

Barriers to Entry

 Table: Barriers to Entry Checklist for the University and Other Higher Education in Australia - Market Research Report Industry

Industry Globalization

Monash University was established by an Act of Parliament in 1958 and is a founding member of the Group of Eight, an alliance of Australia's most prestigi...
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Monash University

 Table: Monash University - financial performance

University of Melbourne

 Table: University of Melbourne - financial performance

University of Sydney

 Table: University of Sydney - financial performance

University of New South Wales

 Table: University of New South Wales - financial performance

University of Queensland

 Table: University of Queensland - financial performance

Capital Intensity

The industry has low capital intensity. For every dollar invested in wages, an estimated $0.11 is expected to be spent on capital costs in 2018-19. Highly...
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 Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the University and Other Higher Education in Australia - Market Research Report Industry
 Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

Technology & Systems

Revenue Volatility

Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

Regulation & Policy

Industry Assistance

Table: Industry data Table: Industry Data for the University and Other Higher Education in Australia Industry

Industry Revenue (2007-2025)
Industry Gross Product (2007-2025)
Establishments (2007-2025)
Businesses (2007-2025)
Employment (2007-2025)
Exports (2007-2025)
Imports (2007-2025)
Wages (2007-2025)
Domestic Demand (2007-2025)

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Table: Industry Financial Ratios Table: Industry Financial Ratios

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