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Monday, 10 August 2015
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Brand Electorate: University Applicants

(Question No. 732)


Mr Gray asked the Minister for Education and Training in writing, on 26 February 2015:

What number of university applicants were from the electoral division of Brand in the calendar years (a) 2013 (b) 2014 (c) 2015.


Mr Pyne: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The following should be noted:

(1) Applicants can apply through both the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) and directly to universities.

(2) Data covers only Commonwealth Supported Places for first semester applications.

(3) Reference date for the 2015 third round data is 27 February 2015.

(4) Applications and offers are only published at state and provider level.

(5) Western Australian applicant numbers for the 2015 academic year are affected by the reduced number of Year 12 school leavers from 2014, the 'half-year' Year 12 cohort effect. This arose due to the Western Australian state government changing the starting age for school children in 2003. As a result, a smaller cohort of children commenced school in 2003 and have worked their way through the school system reaching Year 12 in 2014.

Applications to Western Australian universities, 2013-2015

2013

2014

2015

TISC

18,941

18,073

13,483*

Direct

14,247

16,596

16,409*

*As described in point five, this change in applications is as a result of the Western Australian 'half-year' cohort.