Release type: Media Release


Applications rise as barriers to university are removed


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

New data released today revealed the number of Australians applying for university has grown by almost 10,000 this year.

The Undergraduate Applications, Offers and Acceptances 2011 report showed 302,472 people applied through Tertiary Admissions Centres and directly to universities for an undergraduate place for the 2011 year.

The report also showed women continue to outnumber male applicants, making up almost 60 per cent of all applications.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said the Australian Government was on track to reach its goal of 40 per cent of Australian students holding bachelor level qualifications by 2025.

“The Gillard Government’s reforms have opened the doors of Australia’s universities by funding undergraduate student places based on student demand for the first time,” Senator Evans said.

“An additional 100,000 students are now attending university – many of them are the first in their family.

“Ultimately, the jobs in the economy of the future are going to require higher levels of skill and knowledge – that’s why we are keen to see more Australians, both men and women, getting the benefits that a university education can offer.”

Other key report findings include:

  • a majority of students do not apply for a university place directly from school with non-year 12 applicants representing 57.5 per cent of all applicants in 2011;
  • engineering courses recorded a strong increase in demand (7.0 per cent); and
  • demand for medical studies also increased strongly by 7.5 per cent.

A copy of the report is available online at: