Demand driven funding and equity

Universities Australia

This short paper examines the impact of demand driven funding on university enrolments, by low socio-economic standard and regional/remote students, two years into full implementation.

Key messages

  • Demand-driven funding was implemented in conjunction with a national target to have 20% of undergraduate higher education enrolments from low SES students by 2020.
  • While the share of both commencing and total undergraduate enrolments from low SES students increased by around one percentage point between 2008 and 2012, the majority of growth (80%) during this period still came from students of medium or high SES background.
  • The proportion of domestic undergraduate remote and regional students declined slightly over the same period.
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