Education Standards in Australia


Australia offers natural beauty, great climate, a stable economy, and a university system that ranks 8th in the world and third for the highest number of international students. This robust university system is a good investment and is an excellent choice for domestic and international students alike. With over 500,000 international students from more than 140 countries, Australia is recognised worldwide for its dynamic and progressive education programs rooted in a reputation for excellence.

Here are some facts about higher education in Australia.

  • According to The University Experience Survey (UES), 79% of students surveyed are happy with the teaching quality and their overall educational experience.
  • 19 Australian universities are in the 2014 US News rankings of the world’s top 500. *
  • Australia has 6 universities in the top 100 and 8 universities in the top 200. *
  • Although traditional classroom studies are excellent, Australian higher education has committed to serving all populations by offering high-quality distance learning.
  • There are almost an equal number of female and male students enrolled.
  • Over ninety percent of students are enrolled at Public Universities.
  • Over seventy percent of students (70.4 percent) were studying full-time.

The government has put legislation in place to ensure that international students studying under a visa do so under internationally consistent standards. These standards apply to providers of education and training for international students, which includes both higher education and vocational education and training (VET). Additionally, Australia has adopted quality assurance (QA) regimes that are consistent with those worldwide; this ensures that students in Australia are getting the best education available.

Another important measure in the Australian tertiary system is The TEQSA Standards, which must be met by all Australian higher education providers and include a requirement that students must be engaged in enhancing their learning experience. This requirement is meant to encourage students to provide meaningful feedback and to have a certain degree of representation in decision-making processes.

Australia is and will continue to be the destination for students from around the globe who are looking for a progressive world-class education at an affordable price.


*US News 2014 Best Global Universities Rankings