Analysis of 10 years of graduate earnings shows that tertiary education returns an earnings premium. However, it also reveals concerning disparities between male and female returns as well those from Higher Education versus Vocational Education and Training qualifications.
The latest data on the outcomes of Australian education has been analysed exclusively for KPMG by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM), revealing several important insights for policy makers, tertiary education leaders and prospective students.
This report is an analysis of earnings associated with qualifications but does not take into account the costs that individual students might incur, including foregone earnings whilst studying. It is not, therefore, a Return on Investment or Cost-Benefit Analysis.
There are major questions to be addressed if we are to work towards a fair and efficient society that equips us for a changing future.
Our tertiary education system is facing significant challenges to meet current skills shortages and it will face greater hurdles in the near future as the world of work evolves. Understanding the returns from a tertiary education is a vital tool to help reimagine the system.
Read the report to find questions that prospective students and policy makers will need to ask.