Department of Family and Community Services

Topic 4: Higher education

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In Australia, the term ‘higher education’ generally refers to education at degree level and above. Formally, higher education courses are those leading to the award of undergraduate qualifications and postgraduate qualifications (see below). Almost all higher education in Australia is offered by universities. The indicators below look at number of female and male students at undergraduate (Indicator 4.1) and postgraduate (Indicator 4.2) levels and at undergraduate student subject choice (Indicator 4.3).