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STUDY SINKS UNIVERSITY REJECTION MYTH

EMBARGOED UNTIL FRIDAY 30 APRIL 2004

30 April, 2004 MIN 681/04

The final position for unmet university demand is now clear for 2004.

After ineligible applicants and double counting of applications were discounted, about 1 in 10 Australians who sought a university place in 2004 missed out.

The overall range of 19,200 - 24,300 is lower than last year’s range of 18,700 - 25,700 and well below the unmet demand of 34,200 -50,100 in 1992 when Labor was in Government.

2003 2004

NSW/ACT 5,900-7,900 6,500-7,700

VIC 3,300-7,300 4,100-7,000

QLD 6,800-7,100 6,000-6,300

SA 1,300-1,400 1,100-1,300

WA 1,300-1,600 1,300-1,700

TAS 200-300 200-300

TOTAL 18,700 - 25,700 19,200 - 24,300

Source: AVCC, Survey of Applicants for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses, 2004

The Australian Government’s $2.6 billion reform package for higher education provides more than 34,000 more places for students by 2008, in addition to providing FEE-HELP loans to those choosing to pay their own way through public and private universities.

● Unmet demand peaked in 1992 at between 34,200 and 50,100.

Source: AVCC, Survey of Applicants for Undergraduate Higher Education Courses, 2004

It is important to note that four out of ten university entrants will drop out of their study. One of the four will return to study but three never will. Half of those will drop out in the first year.

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