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Equal education, Access to education, League tables, Universities, Higher education, Educational indicators, Aboriginal students, Torres Strait Islander students, Socioeconomic status, Disabilities, Non English speaking background, Disadvantaged


This project was conducted by a team from Curtin University and the Australian Council for Educational Research and funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment through the National Priorities Pool Program (NPPP).


This report details the findings of a feasibility study for the Department of Education and Training (DET) into the development of a higher education student equity ranking index. The purpose of study was to determine whether it was possible to measure higher education equity performance at the institutional level and convey each institution’s relative performance through an ‘equity rank’. The ranking was to be based on institutional performance in regard to equity-group students, including students from low socio-economic backgrounds; students from regional/remote areas of Australia; Indigenous students; students with disability; and students from non-English speaking backgrounds.

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Camberwell, Australia


Australian Council for Educational Research