Cost of delivery of teaching


In 2020, the Commonwealth Government undertook reforms to the funding model for Australian Universities. The changes aimed at shifting student attention towards jobs the government deems nationally and regionally strategic e.g. teaching, nursing and STEM fields. The Government’s stated goal was to align funding with the average cost of delivery and it committed to reviewing the changes a few years after their implementation.

To provide a stronger evidence base, this project analysed an aggregated and anonymised data set from 11 universities to determine the full costs of delivering teaching for the different sub-disciplines of Engineering and Allied Health based on a range of different factors and variables influencing delivery.


The research compared costing data from a subset of universities; considered a range of variables and factors such as: across different categories of universities e.g. metro vs regional, large vs small; class sizes; faculties/academic units; and identified indicative efficient cost of delivery for different disciplines and sub-disciplines under different circumstances.

Project Partner

Pilbara Group


  • Professor William Locke, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Gwilym Croucher, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr Arnaldo Barone, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Vin Massaro, The University of Melbourne
  • Associate Professor Ian Marshman, The University of Melbourne
  • Lea Patterson, Pilbara Group
  • Michelle Brooke, Pilbara Group
  • Andrew Faulkner, Pilbara Group
  • Adam Gallard, Pilbara Group
  • Janet Zhang, Pilbara Group
  • Bang Tran, Pilbara Group


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Dr Gwilym Croucher, Melbourne CSHE, The University of Melbourne