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Compare university enrolment and completion numbers for women and men in STEM fields, non-STEM fields and health fields.

Source: Department of Education, Skills and Employment (formerly known as the Department of Education and Training) 2019

Data insights

Between 2015 and 2018, the number of women enrolled in university STEM courses increased. However, the proportion of women enrolled in university STEM courses increased by only one percentage point over this period. This minimal change is due to the increase in the number of men also enrolled in university STEM courses.

Similarly, the number of women completing a STEM university qualification increased over the same period. However, the proportion of women completing a university STEM qualification has not increased since 2015. This lack of change is also due to the increase in men completing university STEM qualifications over this period.

In 2018, women made up more than half of student enrolments and completions in ‘Agriculture, environmental and related studies’, and ‘Natural and physical sciences’. By contrast, women were considerably underrepresented in enrolments and completions across both undergraduate and post-graduate courses in ‘Engineering and related technologies’ and ‘Information technology’. Women only comprised 17% of ‘Engineering and related technologies’ enrolments and 18% of ‘Information technology’ enrolments in 2018. Both courses, however, showed a 2 percentage point increase in the proportion of women enrolled from 2015.

Understanding the data

University qualifications shown range from the bachelor degree level through to a PhD. All numbers shown are for domestic students only—Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, Australian permanent residents and Australian humanitarian visa holders. Enrolment and completion numbers refer to women enrolling or completing qualifications in a particular calendar year.

Enrolment and completion numbers across years do not represent longitudinal data and should not be used to determine attrition rates.

Read more about our methodology and this data.