Student and staff profile changes for five multi-billion dollar Australian universities during the last decade

Public seminar

Room 453, Level 4
Arts West North Wing
Parkville campus


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Cathleen Benevento

T: 03 8344 4534

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Five Australian Universities (designated the U5 group) – Sydney, Melbourne, New South Wales, Queensland and Monash – each have annual operating revenues of more than two billion dollars. Their collective revenues have increased from $6.7 billion in 2009 to $11.8 billion in 2018. This 75% increase in revenue has resulted substantially because U5 universities have profoundly changed the balance of their student profiles between domestic and overseas students. They have also limited the growth of their staffing levels to less than half the student load growth, while substantially shifting their profiles to a higher proportion of teaching-only, casual and non-academic staff. The revenue enhancing changes that have occurred during the last decade will be reviewed and compared with the collective performance of the other 34 universities in Australia. The potential adverse longer term impacts to Australia’s international competitiveness will be discussed.

Frank Larkins is currently Professor Emeritus in the School of Chemistry at the University of Melbourne. He was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Melbourne for 19 years from 1990 to 2008 with portfolio roles for research, international engagement and global relations. He also served terms as Dean of Science and Dean of Land and Food Resources concurrently with his Deputy Vice Chancellor responsibilities. His research focusses on Australian higher education policy developments. He is a regular contributor to the L H Martin Institute at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

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