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RECORD STAFF NUMBERS AT AUSTRALIAN UNIVERSITIES

10 December 2003, MIN 555/03

Employment in Australian universities reached a record level in 2003, according to a new report released today.

Staff 2003, Selected Higher Education Statistics contains comprehensive data about staff numbers, gender and employment status at our higher education institutions.

The report shows that Australian universities employed over 84,435 full-time staff this year, compared to 81,144 in 2002.

I am pleased to note there is a continuing trend towards a more even staff gender balance in Australian universities with female employees now making up 52.2% of full-time staff.

The strongest growth in female employment is at the more senior academic levels, with women holding “above senior lecturer” positions up by 9.8%. Those employed at the senior lecturer level also increased by 7.4%.

As part of the Howard Government’s reform package for Australian universities, worth $2.4 billion over the next five years, $188 million will be committed to supporting excellence in teaching and learning in our universities.

A new National Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education will also be established in 2004 and is expected to be fully operational by 2006.

The report uses data provided by universities as part of the annual Higher Education Statistics Collections and can be accessed at: www.dest.gov.au/highered/statpubs.htm

Media Contact: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Laila Lacis 0412 040 034