Tertiary education: a quick guide to key internet links

11 November 2013 

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Carol Ey
Social Policy


This Quick Guide provides key internet links to information about:

Note: administrative arrangements announced on 18 September 2013 have altered departmental responsibility for tertiary education. Therefore, links to the Australian Government websites listed below may change as new arrangements take effect.

General resources

  • The Australian Qualifications Framework is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. It incorporates the qualifications from each education and training sector into a single comprehensive national qualifications framework.
  • The Standing Council on Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment (SCOTESE) is the COAG committee with high-level policy responsibility for:
    • higher education
    • VET, including skills and workforce development
    • international education
    • adult and community education and
    • employment.
  • Study Assist has information on Australian Government financial assistance available to tertiary education students.

Key organisations


Higher education

Key organisations


  • The Australian Government’s Higher Education Statistics Collection includes current and time series data on university finances, students and staff.
  • Graduate Careers Australia conducts research into the outcomes and experiences of higher education students and graduates including graduate employment and earnings.
  • The Higher Education Reports website includes the annual Higher Education Report and summary data on admissions and offers.
  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR cut-off scores are available for some states: New South Wales (includes the Australian Capital Territory), Victoria (have to search by course), South Australia (see Universities Semester 1,Table X, ‘Year 12 cut-off scores’) and Western Australia.

Vocational education and training

Key organisations


State and territory government websites

Australian Capital Territory

New South Wales

Northern Territory


South Australia



Western Australia

International students in Australia


Adult and community education

International organisations


United Kingdom


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