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The AAGE recently shared its new UniStats Report. It's a compilation of university student enrollments and degree completion data over the period 2009 to 2017. The report uses data sourced from the Department of Education & Training. It focuses on undergraduate degrees to provide an indicator of trends.

While the report has a lot of raw data to sift through, we did some analysis and found interesting insights. 

135,000 domestic students completed an undergraduate degree in 2017.

Broken down by broad discipline groups, Business was the most popular with nearly 37,000 graduates. That was followed by Health, where around half of those were nursing graduates. For the in-demand discipline of IT, there were only 3,810 graduates.

Availability of graduates continues to increase. 

The number of graduates is up 24% over 2009, following a fairly constant year-on-year growth rate.

There are 50% more female domestic graduates than male.

Women make up 80,000 of the 135,000 graduates. At 59.3% the proportion of females has fallen a little lower compared to 2009, when the ratio was 59.7% 

Gender balance by discipline favours females except in Engineering and IT.

The data is grouped under broad discipline groups, so if you drilled down to some very specific disciplines, the gender balance could be different. 

Women are making inroads in Engineering but not in IT.

While females account for only 14% of Engineering graduates, that's actually up from 11.7% in 2009.

However, in IT it remains unchanged, with women still making up only 14% of graduates. And if you're an employer wanting to hire female IT Bachelor graduates, last year there were just 526 across the country.

What about international students?

For Bachelor degree completions, there were 50,000 international student graduates. Business dominated accounting for nearly 60% of graduates. Engineering and Health (mostly Nursing) each made up 10% of international student graduates.

Internationals make up a significant proportion of total (domestic and international) graduates in Business, IT and Engineering.

45% of all Business and IT graduates are internationals. For employers who struggle to find domestic students in those disciplines international students represent a large pool of potential talent.

There are employers who are happy to recruit international students into their graduate programs. Typically the duration of their employment is tied to their visa validity. But if the graduate gains PR, that can translate to permanent employment. It's on option worth considering. 

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