The Department of Education Higher Education Group is responsible for the collection and dissemination of statistics relating to the provision of higher education in all Australian universities.
Higher education is integral to the long term success of Australia’s intellectual and economic development. In 2014 the Australian Government will provide over $14 billion to higher education.
The Government supports a number of programs that enhance and reward the quality and reputation of higher education in Australia.
The department conducts periodic reviews of higher education policy, and undertakes consultation with the higher education sector on a range of issues.
The Australian Government provides financial assistance to students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), which consists of five different loan schemes.
The Higher Education Report is part of a suite of publications which report on the Australian higher education sector.
The department is working to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the desire and capability to attend university have the opportunity to do so. The department administers several programs and initiatives to support equity in higher education in Australia.