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More Indigenous students applying for university


The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Education

Record numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are applying to study at university.

According to the Undergraduate Applications, Offers and Acceptances 2019 report published today:

  • 330,608 students applied for university this year, 83.6 per cent received an offer
  • Indigenous students made over 7,000 applications – an increase of 3.3 per cent on the previous year
  • Applications declined by 1.3 per cent reflecting the strong domestic labour market

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the increase in Indigenous applications demonstrates the continuing improvements in access to higher education over recent years.

"Our Government’s investment in supporting more Indigenous people into higher education, through programs like the Indigenous Student Success Program and the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, is paying dividends," Mr Tehan said.

"The number of Indigenous students enrolling for university has increased by 45 per cent since 2013 to almost 20,000 students.

"Australia’s strong jobs market is also having an impact on university application rates, with the slight fall in applications reflecting more people joining the workforce."

The full report is available at