Book Chapter

Australian university productivity; some food for thought


Improving service sector productivity: the economic imperative | CEDA | Published : 2017


Universities are – and have been since the second half of the 20th century – a distinct part of the Australian economy. Except for the Australian National University, all are established by state and territory legislation and subject, to a greater or lesser extent, to regulatory compliance and oversight by the Commonwealth/states/territories. On average, universities receive 39.5 per cent of their revenue from the Australian Government and a further 17.8 per cent of revenue via Commonwealth Government guaranteed payments relating to student HECS and fee-paying loans. This combination of revenue sources has been in operation since the implementation of the Dawkins reforms in the late 1980s.