Australian Government Department of Education and TraininguCube 

Notes on the data


1. The cube data are based on selected higher education micro data collected through the Higher Education Statistics Collections (Student collection and Staff collection). Please refer to the Help menu for more information.
2. The data cube does allow customised tables to be produced with cells containing very small counts. To avoid any risk of disseminating identifiable data, a disclosure control technique called input perturbation has been applied to the data, with the exception of grand totals, whereby small random adjustments are made to cell counts. These adjustments (otherwise known as noise) allow for a greater amount of detailed data to be released and, as such, do not significantly impair the utility of the tabular data for use in broad level analysis. However, the relative impact of perturbation is larger for small cell counts, which therefore should be used with caution. Where unperturbed figures are required, users should consult the Higher Education Statistics published on the department’s website.
3. A maximum of 5 dimensions are allowed on each axis.
4. If the Year dimension is not selected, the default year is the most recent year for which data is available.

Completions, Enrolments and Student Load measures

1. If analysing [Broad] Field Of Education the sum may not equate to the total as one enrolment may contribute to multiple fields of education (e.g. Double degrees).

Staff measure

1. Caution should be exercised when comparing the FTE Staff Count (Full-time Equivalence Staff Count) in a time series. Casual staff (estimated or actual) are excluded in the latest year FTE Staff Count data, whereas previous years include actual casual staff. For more information on FTE staff, please refer to the Help menu.
2. Staff count includes full-time and fractional full-time staff only.
3. 2009 staff data for Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education is unreliable and should be excluded from calculations.

Notes on institutions

1. As a result of a collaborative partnership between Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education and Charles Darwin University, which established The Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Education (ACIKE), the delivery of undergraduate programs has moved to Charles Darwin University from 2012.
2. A collaborative partnership between the University of Ballarat and the Gippsland Campus of Monash University has resulted in the creation of Federation University Australia. From 2014, the University of Ballarat will appear as Federation University Australia.
3. Non-University Higher Education Institutions (NUHEI) were formerly referred to as ‘private providers’. Lists of all institutions included in Higher Education Statistics can be found here (yearly from 2010).
4. In 2015 Torrens University Australia became a Table B institution. This change is reflected in 2015 student and 2016 staff data onwards. For previous years, Torrens University Australia will show as having no data, as Torrens was grouped with Private Universities and Non-University Higher Education Institutions and therefore no data can be displayed separately for that institution.


1. Students who have requested their gender to be recorded as neither male nor female are counted as female.