article In 2017, one in three Australian tertiary students was enrolled in university, according to the Australian Institute of Education.
It’s a number that is likely to grow in the coming years, with students now expected to graduate in the 2030s.
The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that only 25 per cent of Australian tertiaries are fully accredited by a higher education institution.
That’s a massive drop from the peak in 2013, when the ABS found that 40 per cent were fully accredited.
The Aussie government has been pushing to increase the number of students in higher education from 4.2 million in 2019 to 5.3 million in 2021.
Universities are also hoping to expand their online offerings.
The government recently unveiled a national online education network for the education sector, which will be managed by the Commonwealth of Australia.
However, a number of the online platforms are being challenged in court by independent online education providers, including the Australian College of Education and Education Network (ACEDN), which is suing the Commonwealth and the Australian Government for the right to operate online in the same way.