Higher Education

Melbourne has a number of universities that offer exceptional undergraduate and postgraduate degrees/ diplomas. Along with universities there are a number of technical and further education (TAFE) institutions as well as independently recognised institutions that offer similar courses. In 2016, 484 establishments (businesses and organisations) in the Higher Education sector provided 20,430 jobs. The sector has total output worth $4.17 Billion and contributes $2.89 Billion in Gross Local Product to the City of Melbourne economy.

Number of Jobs ( 2002 - 2016)

The graph below shows the change in the number of jobs in the Higher Education sector between 2002 and 2016.


Industry Sub-Sectors

The table below provides detail of the sub-sectors within the Higher Education sector in the City of Melbourne.

Description Jobs Establishments
Tertiary Education 19,029 427
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Higher Education 13,623 211
Technical and Vocational Education and Training 5,406 216
Adult, Community and Other Education 1,401 57
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Educational Support Services 1,401 57
Total 20,430 484


Contribution to the local economy

The Higher Education sector accounts for 4.48% of the City of Melbourne's total employment.

The Higher Education sector accounts for 3.14% of the City of Melbourne's Gross Local Product (GLP).

Workforce Profile

The graph below details the composition of those employed in the Higher Education sector in the City of Melbourne. The graph describes the proportion of employees that can be considered as part-time, full-time, casual and contractors. The graph also details the proportion of female and male employees in the Higher Education sector.


Floor Space

The graph below details the total floor space occupied by the Higher Education sector in the City of Melbourne between 2002 and 2016 (in square metres). The figures provide an alternative measure of growth or decline in the sector. The figures are also relevant for understanding how this industry is impacting on then local commerical property market.