Higher Education Statistics Collection (HESC)
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|Description of data source
The Higher Education Statistics Collection includes the Higher Education student data collection which encompasses enrolments, equivalent full-time student load (unit of study data) and completions. It includes all Higher Education Institutions that have been approved under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.
Disability refers to students who have indicated that they have a disability, impairment or long-term medical condition which may affect their studies.
Age calculated at 31 December in the year prior to the reference year.
Sex is recorded as ‘Male’, ‘Female’ or ‘Intersex/indeterminate’.
Indigenous status is based on individuals self-identifying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The term ‘First Nations employees’ is used to refer to the APS employees who have identified as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.
|Definition of CALD
A domestic student who arrived in Australia less than 10 years prior to the year in which the data were collected, and who comes from a home where a language other than English is spoken.
Data collected in the 2021 HESC are based on the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).1
Remoteness is classified according to Accessibility and Remoteness Index of Australia.2
National, state and territory data are available.