Peter Noonan

Peter Noonan has played a major role in shaping policy in Australia’s education and training system and has experience working as a policy adviser, senior executive and consultant to federal and state governments, universities, higher education providers and TAFE institutes. Peter has been instrumental to several major policy changes and reviews. He is a Mitchell Professorial Fellow.

Rethinking and revitalising tertiary education in Australia

The Morrison Government and their state and territory counterparts have some important decisions to make about the future of tertiary education. This paper argues that it will be imperative for all parties to take a holistic approach to these reviews in the face of huge...

Equity at and beyond the boundary of Australian universities

This report investigates the social demography, learning outcomes and educational experiences of students enrolled in two distinct modes of higher education delivery in Australia — university programs delivered through third party arrangements, and higher education courses delivered by non-university higher education institutions.

Participation in tertiary education in Australia: modelling and scenario analysis

If participation rates in higher education and VET in Australia fall as the population increases, there will be fewer people of prime working age who can effectively participate in the labour market in the future. The level of participation in VET and higher education, and...

Finding the truth in the apprenticeships debate

This report debunks claims from Government, Opposition and industry leaders about Australia’s apprenticeship system being in crisis.
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Participation in tertiary education in Australia: policy imperatives and scenarios

Whether our tertiary education system can sustain, let alone improve participation levels, should be an important consideration for public policy. This presentation supporting paper showcases different scenarios of future participation in vocational and higher education in Australia. The forecasts show that governments must take a...