The Crisis in Australia’s Universities

Public universities in Australia are in a dire state.  1 in 5 academics have been made redundant over the past year. At the same time, the government’s Job-Ready Graduates program doesn’t cover the cost of cuts to university funding. Before the pandemic, international students were Australia’s third largest export.  Australian universities are heavily reliant on their upfront fees to cover teaching and research costs. But with borders closed and no additional government support to make up the shortfall, can these institutions continue to meet demand as the financial support runs dry?


This week, Toby Hemmings was joined by:

  • Alison Barnes, NTEU national president
  • Mark Warburton, honorary senior fellow at the Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education
  • Roy Green, emeritus professor at UTS


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