Since the early 1990s, higher education statistics have defined someone as of low socio-economic status if they are from a region classified in the lowest 25 per cent in Australia according to the ABS Index of Education and Occupation. Wouldn’t it be better to pay more attention to areas that for whatever reason have low university participation rates, even if quirks of the Index of Education and Occupation formula give them SES ratings that disqualify them from low-SES rewards? Why use proxy data when we have direct measures of whether an area has low participation in higher education or not?
The Federal Government has introduced new repayment thresholds for people with HELP debt. The new thresholds mean that most people with HELP debt will pay less each year, and the Government will recoup less debt each year than they would have under the previous system.
In 1987, for the first time in Australia’s history, more women than men were enrolled in higher education. Many things have changed since, but the gender make-up of our university classrooms is not one of them.
More regional Australians are going to university when they finish school, and they are increasingly moving to the city to study. Fewer than a third of regional students commencing university in 2005 made the move to a city. By 2010, that number had risen to half, and by 2015 it was 57 per cent. Regional students with high ATARs move to the city at higher rates. High-achieving regional students tend to move to the city to study.