Is Australian higher education addressing, or contributing to, access inequalities?

World Access to Higher Education Day – November 28, 2018

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World Access to Higher Education Day highlights the disparities in access to education – particularly higher education – worldwide.  The inaugural event on November 28, 2018 will bring together universities, vocational and further education providers, communities, industry, and government to focus on the role these institutions play in addressing, whilst also contributing to, the issue of access.

November 28, 2018 is a call to action.  Events will engage participants with the key questions for their local areas, and critically ask for commitment to reducing inequality and widening participation in higher education.

We’re inviting anyone with an interest in the future of Australian education to join us, whether in-person, or joining us online from your home, workplace, or classroom.

Consider the following factors that directly affect access to, and completion of a university degree:


of Australian households are not connected to the internet.  The divide between those able to access a university education – becomes far deeper

(Australian Bureau of Statistics)


students will ‘drop out’of Australian universities this year, leaving the institution with no degree and an average student debt of $12,000

(Grattan Institute, 2018)

$42.3 billion

is the current amount of Australian student debt owed to the Commonwealth Government, a figure that grows by $2b per year

(Grattan Institute, 2015)

10 years

is the average time taken to repay the HELP component of a university degree.  This does not cover costs such as textbooks, housing, food, or other bills.

(Grattan Institute, 2015)