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 2018, 509 establishments (businesses and organisations) in the Higher Education sector provided 21,491 jobs. The sector has total output worth $4.57 Billion and contributes $3.16 Billion in Gross Local Product to the City of Melbourne economy.

Number of Jobs ( 2002 - 2018)

The graph below shows the change in the number of jobs in the Higher Education sector between 2002 and 2018.


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
Adult, Community and Other Education 1,458 58
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Educational Support Services 1,458 58
Tertiary Education 20,033 451
Sub-sectors Jobs Establishments
Higher Education 14,288 221
Technical and Vocational Education and Training 5,745 230
Total 21,491 509


Contribution to the local economy

The Higher Education sector accounts for 4.49% of the City of Melbourne's total employment.

The Higher Education sector accounts for 3.15% 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.


Floor Space

The graph below details the total floor space occupied by the Higher Education sector in the City of Melbourne between 2002 and 2018 (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.